Nearly everywhere you turn, you’ll see people glued to digital screens of all shapes and sizes. According to the American Optometric Association’s 2015 American Eye-Q survey, “62 percent of adults use computers, smartphones, tablets or other hand-held devices for five or more hours a day”.

Without moderation, however, such a lifestyle can tax the eyes and eventually harm eyesight. LED screens, in particular, emit blue-violet light that damages the retina, especially when used within close range. A little change to everyday habits, as well as regular examinations by an eye doctor or an ophthalmologist in Indianapolis, can help prevent eyesight problems.

While it may be impossible to do away with computers, smartphones, and tablets in this highly digital world, users should remember to give their eyes a break every now and then. Lengthy exposure to digital screens, after all, can cause tired or burning eyes, fatigue, headaches, or blurred vision. Aside from decreasing screen time, turning down screen brightness also helps in the long run.

One thing that many smartphone and computer users may not notice, however, is a change in their involuntary blinking. When in front of a screen, people blink less often as they get caught up with what’s happening on screen or get so riveted to what they are reading. Blinking is important because it keeps the eyes moist and prevents dryness and irritation.

You might find it hard to escape from bright artificial screens at work or even at home, so little habits such as blinking more often are important to reduce the strain on the eyes. It is also a good idea to take a break from your gadgets every now and then to do things the good old-fashioned way. For example, you can pick up a book printed on paper or else head out to an actual store instead of browsing through online inventories on your tablet or PC.

You would also do well to regularly visit a trusted Indianapolis eye doctor, such as an optometrist at Moody Eyes, to have your vision checked. If necessary, your eye doctor can prescribe quality yet affordable eyewear with non-glare lenses that help you see more clearly and ensure utmost comfort.


HEALTH WATCH: Tips on giving your eyes a break, Gaston Gazette, April 26, 2015

Prevent Smartphone, Tablet and Computer Eye Strain, Natural Eye Care