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How to Combat Digital Eye Strain

Digital eye strain is a growing problem for those who spend their days looking at screens, from computer monitors to tablets and smartphones. The bright light, harsh colors, and small text of digital screens can add up to create uncomfortable side effects such as headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes, and neck or back pain. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s time to take action and learn how to protect your eyes from digital eye strain.

How Digital Eye Strain Develops

The term “digital eye strain” refers to the physical discomfort experienced when using digital devices for long periods of time. This discomfort is caused by an increase in the amount of blue light emitted by digital screens. Blue light has a higher energy than other types of light and can cause damage to the cells in the retina over time. Additionally, people tend to blink less often when looking at a screen, which can lead to dryness in the eyes. Poor posture can also contribute to digital eye strain as it restricts airflow and puts more pressure on the neck and back muscles.

Preventing Digital Eye Strain

The most important thing you can do is take regular breaks from your screen every 20 minutes or so—even if it’s just for a few seconds. This will help prevent your eyes from getting too strained or tired throughout the day. Additionally, adjust your computer settings so that they are optimized for viewing comfort. 

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Other ways you can prevent digital eye strain:

-You can reduce glare by dimming your lighting or using anti-glare filters 

-Use special glasses that block certain types of artificial blue light

-Make sure that text size is large enough that you don’t have to squint

-Keep your head level with your monitor

-Practice good posture while sitting at a desk or table 

-Invest in an ergonomic chair that supports proper spinal alignment

-And finally try not wearing contact lenses when working on computers for prolonged periods of time since contacts can cause additional irritation in already-dry eyes

Digital eye strain affects many people who work with computers on a daily basis. Fortunately there are steps you can take to reduce its effects and make sure you don’t experience any long-term damage due to overexposure to blue light emitted by digital devices. From taking regular breaks throughout the day to adjusting settings on your computer monitor and investing in an ergonomic chair, there are plenty of ways to combat digital eye strain so you can stay comfortable while working long hours in front of a screen!

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