Vision plays an important role every day in all of our lives. We know as well that some popular daily activities can strain the eyes, causing an annoying, but easily remedied, problem. Dr. Beth R. Friedland of Park Ophthalmology in the Triangle (Durham and Raleigh) educates patients on simple and easy ways to avoid eye strain.
Symptoms common to eye strain include headaches, dry or watery eyes, blurred vision, difficulty focusing, fatigue and sensitivity to light. The popularity of electronic devices, such as smart phones and tablets, allow individuals to spend more time looking at bright screens.
Park Ophthalmology suggests that when doing prolonged intense visual work, whether reading or working on a computer, the following six habits can help prevent eye strain:
- Position Devices Correctly: Being too close to a bright computer or tablet screen can stress the eyes. Try to sit about 25 inches away from the computer screen, with it slightly below eye level.
- Take Frequent Breaks: When working intensely on a project, surfing the internet or playing a computer game, take a break every 20 minutes to rest the eyes. Focus on something across the room to give the eyes a rest.
- Use Proper Lighting: Some people develop eye strain as a result of the computer screen’s glare. Filters can reduce glare and most devices have settings that reduce the screen brightness.
- Adjust Text Size: Instead of straining to see text that is too small, use the computer settings to increase the text size or zoom in on images.
- Get Enough Sleep: Lack of sleep is one of the main causes of eye strain. Even if a deadline is looming, take a break and close your eyes for a few minutes. A 10-minute power nap can do wonders.
- Practice Good Habits: Use glasses or contact lenses with the most current prescription. Older, incorrect lenses will make the eyes have to work harder. Contact lenses users should remove them for sleep and make sure to follow proper cleaning procedures.
Eye strain is easily preventable by following good vision habits, but if it continues even with all these habits in place, it might be time to schedule an appointment with Park Ophthalmology.
Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!
This article about eye strain is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.
The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.
5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)
Durham, NC 27713
Office: 919 544 5375
Fax: 919 544 5829
Park Ophthalmology North
6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105
Raleigh, NC 27615
919 846 6915