- Jan 5, 2011
Thousands of young people put vision at risk by straining their eyes
and forgetting to visit the opticians.
Eyesight is our most valued sense, beating smell, touch taste and hearing in a recent poll.
Staring at a computer screen all day can hurt your eyes
And on a daily basis, an increasing number of us flit from work computer screens,
to mobiles, to TVs to tablets and back again, so its no surprise eye strain is on the up.
If your eyes are just tired from staring at screens and youre experiencing tired eyes
from day to day tasks, here are five tips for beating eye strain:
1. Take five.
Give yourself a few minutes, get comfortable, close your eyes,
take off your glasses if you wear them, slow down, relax and take deep breaths.
Just for a few minutes to really give your eyes a break.
2. When you get home, avoid near work for a period of time.
You've been working on a screen all day so dont jump right into
checking your email, or looking at your phone or even read for about an hour.
3. Change your lighting.
You want a gentle, soft light thats not too bright or high intensity,
but still illuminates properly. Try dimming a light, or turning on lamp
rather than the main light.
See how your eyes feel you dont want to put them under strain
from too little or too much light.
We blink less when were doing intense work and some of the eye fatigue can be due to dry eye
that we might not even notice. Taking five can help but also blink, get in tune with your eyes
and see how theyre feeling. If theyre dry, close them or if thats not enough use eye drops.
When we work in front of a computer screen our forehead muscles get very tense
and just a few minutes to massage the head, brow and neck, if you have someone
to do it for you, can help ease the pressure.
And even if you dont need glasses yet (by 65, 94 per cent of us will!), there are things
you should do to prevent your eyes being over worked. These include lining your screen
up comfortably, so your eyes are level with the top third of it, with you looking down slightly.
Also, adjust the brightness of your screen. It should be bright enough to read the letters comfortably
but not significantly brighter than the surroundings, as a contrast will mean your retina has to work
too hard to compensate.
Its recommended you have your eyes checked every three years, even if you have no problems
as some conditions, such as glaucoma, which can lead to blindness, have no symptoms.