11 Quick Tips to Save You from Smartphone Eye Strain
With an increase in digital technology, many individuals suffer from physical eye discomfort after screen use for longer than two hours at a time. The American Optometric Association refers to this collection of symptoms as “computer vision syndrome, or CVS”.
If you’re one of those people who glance at their smartphone every 4.8 minutes, yes, that’s right, an average millennial who continually suffer from this bad rap will typically check their phone over 200 times in a 16-hour waking day.
How can your vision not be paying the price for this level of screen addiction?
In addition, if the user is already a spectacle or contact lens wearer, then the potential for problems are compounded since the eyes must already accommodate for the necessary optical aids.
The root cause of smartphone eye strain is simply that most users tend to employ viewing distances that are too close to their eyes.
So what can be done to minimize smartphone computer vision syndrome or CVS?
Here are eleven quick and easy tips to give your eyes some relief during all those smartphone marathons.
1) Try computer glasses: Eyewear is available with lenses featuring digital and computer eye strain reducing capabilities and these specialized lenses can be incorporated into any pair of eyeglass frames!
In addition to eyewear solutions, other ways to relieve digital eye strain include:
2) Following the 20-20-20 rule, taking a 20-second break from the screen every 20 minutes and looking at something 20 feet away.
3) Reducing overhead lighting to eliminate screen glare and reflections.
4) Position your viewing vantage at arm’s distance away from the screen for proper reading distance when on a tablet, smartphone or computer screen.
5) Increasing text size on devices to better define content on the screen.
6) Reduce the time spent on these devices and get a device with a larger screen.
7) Use the device only for the minimum required quantum of work on a 4-inch screen device.
8) Restrict daily e-mail activities to a computer with a large screen.
9) Adjust your screen settings to optimize and better define font size to accommodate viewing distance and lighting conditions. Sometimes just USING BIGGER FONTS in all you need to do.
10) Don’t use your phone while in the dark. Looking at bright screens while the surroundings are pitch black are one of the most harmful habits. Your eyesight isn’t built to deal with two luminance extremes and can suffer for it. If you must use your phone while in bed, at least keep some type of ambient, background light on, like your bedside lamp.
11) Minimize exposure to Blue Light. This can be done with available computer lens technologies and coatings or even simply downloading different apps like F.lux or others that claim to minimize blue light radiation by adjusting color settings. For iPhones and iPads users, a setting called Night Shift (find it under Settings > Display & Brightness > Night Shift) will do this automatically. Night Shift’s color change is milder than that of F.lux.
Fortunately solving smartphone eyestrain doesn’t mean abandoning your beloved device, you can minimize this inevitable digital eye strain by incorporating a few simple habits into your smartphone viewing routine.
Don’t forget to make an appointment for a full routine eye exam. Your doctor is trained to rule out potentially serious, underlying conditions and able to share current technologies and techniques allowing you to enjoy the full benefits of our smartphones and smart devices.