Today’s world revolves around screens. It’s hard to avoid, because most jobs require using a computer and a cell phone. Even outside of work, cell phones and televisions take up our free time. If this is you, you’ve likely experienced a digital headache. Here are the reasons digital headaches occur and how to stop them.
Do digital headaches really happen?
Yes, digital headaches are real and in fact 60 percent of American adults report experiencing digital eye strain, headaches, neck and shoulder pain, dry eyes, and blurred vision after prolonged use of screens. When using screens, blinking less than you should and trying to keep focus causes dry eyes and strain. Visual demands when dealing with screens is unlike any other activity. The technical term for it is an ocular migraine caused by eye strain and mental fatigue, and it could have serious consequences on your vision if you don’t take steps to decrease and manage it.
Suggestions to ease the pain and fatigue
Turn down the brightness
The quickest way to help decrease risk for ocular migraines is to decrease the brightness of the screen. Not only does this ease up your eyes from taking in so much light at once, but it will help prolong your battery life too.
Invest in a pair of computer glasses
Computer glasses have become a phenomenon among those immersed in digital work all day. By blocking out blue UV light, they help reduce damage to the retinas. These light waves are short and full of energy. They are the same light waves emitted from the sun and are why people wear sunglasses. Typically, computer glasses are separate from regular glasses and should only be worn when sitting in front of a screen for prolonged periods.
Limit your free time used on screens
Get outside, talk to people, and call instead of text. These are ways to step away from screens during your free time so you can reserve the work your eyes need to do during work hours only. Giving yourself time away from work should mean giving your body, most important, your eyes, time to rest as well.
Annual eye exams
Stay on top of your prescription when you feel yourself getting frequent headaches. It’s always a good idea to get an annual eye exam, even when you don’t feel your eyes hurting or vision changing. There are things going on in your eyes you can’t see or feel. When you have the proper prescription and care, it makes it easier on your eyes when they do have to work hard.
Eyes are often forgotten in our health care routine. Be kind to your eyes and follow these tips to help reduce risk factors of CVS (computer vision syndrome). Consult your optometrist before trying new glasses and changing your eye care routine.
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