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Posted on 02-13-2017

Tips to Protect Your Eyes When Working on Computers

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It is virtually impossible to avoid using computers, laptops, smartphones, and other digital devices these days. Our optometrist in Indianapolis-- serving Greenwood/Southside, Downtown, and Northside Indianapolis--encourages all his patients to take the necessary steps to protect their vision and eye health while reading, working, surfing the web, and performing other tasks in front of a digital screen.

Our Indianapolis Eye Doctor Explains How Using A Computer Can Be Harmful 

Prolonged and excessive computer use has been strongly linked with eye strain (the temporary sensation of tired eyes). The symptoms of eye strain--including tired dry eyes and blurry vision--aren't permanent, but can be disruptive to your daily life and if uncorrected may exacerbate chronic eye health problems. Additionally, blue light (commonly emitted from digital screens) has been shown to damage the delicate retinal tissue within your eyes, which can contribute to vision loss. 

Top 5 Eye Care Tips To Protect Your Eyes and Vision While Using A Computer

  1. One of the most important steps you can take to protect your eyes is to schedule an annual comprehensive eye exam with our optometrist in Indianapolis, Dr. Moody. This is the best way to ensure your eyes are functioning properly and to ensure that you are receiving appropriate treatment for any eye health conditions, including farsightedness and astigmatism.
     
  2. Remember the 20/20/20 tool to help minimize the impact of prolonged screen time. Every 20 minutes and for at least 20 seconds at a time, look away from your computer at a spot about 20 feet away. This is like giving your eyes a chance to "take a break and stretch."
     
  3. Practice good ergonomics and body mechanics. You want to set yourself up for success as much as possible when using a computer, especially if you are planning to use one for a prolonged period of time. Ensure that there is adequate lighting in your workspace, minimize glare, and avoid harsh overhead fluorescent lighting if possible. Sit far enough away from your computer (at least an arm's length away), and orient the screen so that it is at eye level. 
     
  4. Consider adjusting your monitor to minimize blue light emission and eye strain. You can even download certain apps that can automatically adjust your screen according to the time of day in order to reduce blue light emission and eye strain.
     
  5. Always wear your prescription eyewear to prevent eye fatigue, and ask our optometrist in Indianapolis about specialized prescription glasses that have blue light filtering lenses. 

Make Sure Your Eyes Are Healthy By Consulting With Our Optometrist in Indianapolis

Dr. Moody is proud to be your optometrist in Indianapolis, also serving Greenwood, Downtown, and Northside Indianapolis in 3 convenient locations. To schedule a comprehensive eye exam and to learn more eye care tips, call Moody Eyes today at:

  • (317) 883-1122 (Southside/Greenwood office)
  • (317) 296-7099 (Downtown office)
  • (317) 927-8412 (Uptown office)

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