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How Can You Avoid Eye Strain?

Technology is a major part of our day. Whether we are at work or at home, many times our eyes are glued to some type of screen, including a computer screen or our smartphone.

As a result, we can start to experience the symptoms of eye strain. But even if you have to spend a lot of your time in front of a screen, there are ways you can protect your eyes. Our team at AFC Urgent Care Bronx Webster Ave. wants to share a few tips.

What Happens When You Spend a Lot of Time Looking at a Screen?

Eye strain symptoms are an extremely common complaint among workers whose jobs involve working in front of a computer.

If you're experiencing computer vision syndrome, your eyes will be strained and you may experience a number of symptoms.

Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome

  • Blurred vision
  • Burning eyes
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dry eyes
  • Eye discomfort
  • Headaches
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Tired eyes
  • Watery eyes

How Does Lighting Affect Your Vision?

While most people think that having too dark of a room can cause eye strain, having too bright of light can cause issues, too. A good rule of thumb is to set the ambient light in your home or office when using your computer at half of what it is already set for, as it is usually set too high in the first place.

In addition, where you place your computer can also make a difference in experiencing symptoms of eye strain. For instance, if light coming in from the outside is causing a glare on your computer screen, you are putting too much stress on your eyes.

Ways to Prevent Eye Strain

  • Take regular breaks throughout the day.
  • Follow the 20-20-20 rule—every 20 minutes, look at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.
  • Have regular eye appointments.
  • Take digital breaks regularly where you enjoy life sans technology.

Do you think your recurring symptoms may be something unrelated to your eyes? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Bronx Webster Ave. to discuss your symptoms and receive a treatment plan from a knowledgeable and experienced physician.