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10 ways to reduce eye strain

Eyestrain is a quite common eye condition that often occurs when your eyes get tired from constant and intense usage. This can be in the form of activities such as, driving long distances or staring at digital screens.

It is a very uncomfortable condition, but it can be treated at home by making simple life changes. Here are 10 effective methods for reducing digital Eyestrain.

1. Make sure your glasses prescription are up to date

Eyestrain can be caused by wearing glasses that aren’t suitable for your current prescription. This is the case because your eyes are constantly adjusting themselves to focus on what is in your direct line of sight. This increases the amount of work your eyes have to do, which in turn, increases the amount of eye strain you may be experiencing.

Wearing your correct prescription reduces the amount of work your eyes have to do, which in turn reduces the amount of eye strain you will be experiencing.

2. Regularly Use Eyedrops

Intense concentration can lead towards dry eyes, which can directly contribute towards eyestrain. High levels of concentration have been linked with a reduced rate of blinking, which allows your eyes to dry up quicker and easier than they would normally. Regularly using eyedrops, lubricates your eyes and gives your eyes the moisture it needs to reduce irritation and eye strain.

I Dew offers a wide range of eye drops, which all have positive results of eliminating eyestrain. Have a look at our range of I Dew eyedrops today if you have been suffering from eyestrain.

3. Take Regular Breaks 

Taking regular breaks from activities that use digital screens and devices is a great way to reduce the effects of eyestrain. Eyestrain can be made worse by focusing your sight on one region. Taking a break reduces the amount of time spent staring in that one region. It allows you to increase your rate of blinking as well, which lubricates your eyes and reduces irritation.

4. Wear the correct eyewear when you can

In today’s day and age, we have a number of different eyewear available to us, depending on what we are doing, and what tasks we are completing. From wearing the correct sunglasses with UV protection in the sun to wearing glasses that protect you from blue light if you need to be in front of a digital screen for a long duration of time. Speak to your local optician to see if you can find yourself glasses that are suitable for your personal life activities.

Methods to get rid of eyestrain

5. Make sure your screen is positioned correctly

One thing that people do not realise is that the position of your digital screen can have a significant impact on whether you experience eyestrain or not. Having a screen too close to your eyes can put your eyes under an immense amount of strain, causing you to experience discomfort. Having your screen too far away from you can also contribute to eyestrain. The further away you are from the screen, the more you are likely to squint, to see what is on that screen.

The recommended viewing distance to have your computer screen is between 20 and 40 inches (50 and 100 cm), from the eye to the front surface of the computer screen.

6. Hydrate yourself regularly

Dehydration holds a significant contribution towards eyestrain, migraines and headaches. Hydrating yourself regularly when working on a digital screen means that your eyes will have enough lubricant to not dry your eyes out, reducing the chances of eyestrain. The recommended amount of water to drink a day is about 15.5 cups (3.7 litres) of fluids for men, and about 11.5 cups (2.7 litres) of fluids a day for women.

7. Pay attention to your surrounding environments air quality

Air quality is something that people tend to not know to pay attention to when experiencing eyestrain. Higher levels of air pollution can have negative effects on your eyes, causing you to regularly feel discomfort with them. Pollen levels are also a thing to pay attention to when experiencing eyestrain. Pollen can trigger the effects of hayfever, which in turn can cause discomfort with your eyes.

The best way to avoid these effects is to make sure you are aware of the air quality in your surroundings. Check your local weather reports and paying attention to the pollen levels will allow you to know whether you’d want the windows open. Or checking the pollution levels of your area can determine whether you should invest in a dehumidifier or something along those lines.

8. Work under the correct lighting conditions

Working under the correct lighting conditions is one of the more effective ways to reduce eyestrain. Working in poor lighting conditions increases the amount of effort your eyes need to put into focusing, which can cause major levels of discomfort on your eyes. Working in lighting conditions that are too bright can also increase the amount of strain you put on your eyes as well.

Make sure the room you are in is adequately lit, and that you have enough light to see comfortably. Invest in a desk lamp if necessary.

9. The 20/20/20 rule

The 20/20/20 rule is a great way to reduce the uncomfortable effects of eyestrain. The effects of eyestrain can come about when you have partaken in an activity for a long duration of time consecutively. The 20/20/20 rule consists of you looking around and adjusting your eye focus every 20 minutes. This would be preferably something that is not related to what you have been currently working on, and the thing that you focus on needs to be approximately 20 feet away from you. Focus on this subject for 20 seconds, and repeat this process every 20 minutes.

10. If you need to work on more than one task, work efficiently

As technology becomes more accessible, it is common for us to work with multiple different screens, devices and recording methods at once. Whether it’s taking notes on a notebook, to writing on your iPad, to participating in video calls on your computer. Working on multiple different screens whilst also making notes can increase the amount of strain you put on your eyes. To reduce eyestrain, make sure all of your devices are kept close together, and make sure the brightness of all your screens are at a consistent level. This will reduce the need for your eyes to be constantly adjusting to the different light levels of the screens.

So there are 10 easy ways on how you can reduce Eyestrain. If you are experiencing eyestrain regularly, make a visit to your local optician, or visit our online store and try our I Dew eyedrops today.