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COVID-19: Protect Your Eyes From Too Much Screen Time

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You and your children are likely spending more time on mobile devices and computer screens than ever before. Too much time spent staring at screens can cause computer vision syndrome, or digital eye strain, in certain people. While not serious, this condition can be very uncomfortable, potentially causing:

  • Headaches
  • Eyestrain
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Insomnia
  • Tiredness

Below are some useful tips to help you and your children avoid computer vision syndrome:

Blink more! 

Staring at a screen strains the eyes more than reading printed material because people tend to blink 30-50% less. This can also cause your eyes to dry out. Be mindful of blinking and make it a habit when focusing on a screen, as it will keep your eyes healthy and lubricated.

Follow the 20-20-20 Rule 

Give your eyes a break every 20 minutes by looking at an object located 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Doing so will allow your eyes to relax and will give both you and your eyes some rest.

Keep your distance

Your eyes work harder to see close up than at a distance. Try keeping your monitor or screen at arm’s length, or about 25 inches away.

Lighting matters

Make sure that your surrounding light is similar in strength to the light emanating from your screen. Contrasting levels of light, such as looking at a bright screen in a dark room, can strain the eyes.

Take breaks from the screen

You may want to stipulate ‘screen free’ time for yourself and/or your children, such as during meal times or for several hours throughout the day. Engage in hobbies that don't require a screen, such as drawing, reading books, doing puzzles, playing an instrument or cooking (among many others).

Don't use devices before bed

Studies show that blue light may affect your body’s circadian rhythm, also known as the natural wake and sleep cycle. Stop using screens one to two hours before bedtime or use nighttime settings to minimize blue light exposure.

Although it may require a bit of planning to protect your family’s eyes during this stressful time, ultimately, it’s all about balance — and what works for you and your family may differ from others.

From all of us at Optix Family Eyecare at Plainview, we wish you good health and please stay safe.

We Are Here For You

Thank you to all who reached out to us while the office was closed. We are happy to have supported your eye care needs as we navigate through this unprecedented moment in time. 

We are committed to continuing to provide you with exceptional vision care while keeping you and our Team safe and healthy.

During the past few weeks, the Optix Team has been busy disinfecting, cleaning, and putting safety protocols in place to ensure your safety and health as well as the safety and health of the Team.

We are currently in the office to answer the phone for your questions, eyeglass mishaps, contact lens orders, medical follow up appointments, and medical eye emergencies. If you would like to make an appointment for a comprehensive eye health exam, please call the office and we would be happy to schedule one for you.

We can also be reached by email. Please leave a detailed message with your name and contact information. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

We are looking forward to seeing you soon.

The Optix Team

516.931.6330

Email: seeclearly@optixeyecare.com