The average person spends half of their day in front of the screen. Most of us have jobs that require that we work in front of the computer all day. We also spend a lot of time in front of a mobile phone or tablet. While technology makes life easier in many ways, it is not healthy to spend a lot of time in front of a screen.
Chronic dry eye syndrome is a condition that is linked to excessive screen time. It is a sign of eye strain. This condition is twice as likely to affect women. Forty-five percent of people have to take three or more breaks at work due to eye strain. That is why it is important to take the steps that are necessary to protect your eyes.
You will need to sit 25 inches away from the computer. This is about an arm length’s distance. You will also need to use the 20-20-20 rule. You should take a break and look 20 feet away from the computer every 20 minutes. You should do this for 20 seconds.
You may need to adjust the brightness of your screen. The light from your computer should not be brighter than the light in the room. If you wear contacts, then you may want to wear glasses while you are working at the computer. This will give your eyes a break.
Additionally, you will need to get eye exams on a regular basis. You need to get one every three years. However, if you already have vision problems or at an increased risk for developing vision problems, then you need to get an examination every year.