Since COVID-19 safety measures have been implemented, studies show that Screen time has nearly doubled in the United States!
In today’s world, many people are working and shopping from home, learning online and even connect remotely with loved ones. More screen time means more exposure to blue light which may lead to visual fatigue, blurry vision, and trouble sleeping.
We tend to not blink as much when we are on looking at a screen. Be mindful of your eyes during screentime, and consciously make yourself blink frequently. Apply artificial tears to moisten and lubricate your eyes as needed. If you notice that your eyes are persistently dry and it is affecting your vision, we recommend you come in for a dry eye assessment.
Consider purchasing computer glasses, also known as “office lenses.” These glasses are not your typical prescription lenses! Computer lenses are made specifically to block blue-light and reduce eye strain associated with computer work. The anti-reflective and anti-glare coat on the lens of computer glasses also helps reduce glare and blocks the UV light emitted from screens.
Adhere to the 20-20-20 rule. Be sure to look away from your screen every 20 minutes for 20 seconds and focus on a fixed point 20 feet away
Take advantage of “night mode” features on your devices. The level of melatonin in the brain naturally increases as the day goes on, and ultimately leads to sleepiness around bedtime. With screen exposure, our brains can become confused as they perceive bright, blue light from screens and think it’s daytime. Melatonin levels then decrease and can make it difficult to fall asleep at night. Many devices now offer a “night mode” that essentially turns off blue light at a certain time of the day and enables warmer pixels to help your brain and eyes rest. This allows for more melatonin production that leads to better sleep. Blue-light blocking glasses also help decrease the harmful effects of blue-light exposure and aid in better sleep.
Make your appointment today – it’s a good idea to have both computer glasses and daily glasses (driving, sports, etc.)