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Prevent Digital Eye Strain

What can you do to relieve irritated eyes, neck pain or headaches caused by using digital devices?

We enjoy spending our free time surfing the internet, playing computer games or checking out social media, but the fun stops the moment our eyes, head or neck don't cooperate. Unfortunately, our bodies aren't designed to constantly look at screens. Here are some reasons why: reading distances are shorter when you use a smartphone or tablet than with print media, and many people find the artificial blue light emitted by these devices bothersome. On top of this, the distances for using screens vary enormously. We hold a smartphone much closer to our face than we would a book, and our eyes must constantly adjust to these different distances.

What are typical complaints?

Your eyes begin to burn, tear up, dry out or look red. You might also suffer from headaches and neck pain while having difficulty seeing clearly – all of these symptoms may be a sign that you've spent too much time looking at your smartphone or computer screen. In a study conducted by ZEISS together with a renowned research institute, 82% of the respondents reported that they suffer from these symptoms occasionally or often when using digital devices.

What can I do? Are there preventative measures?

If you're using your smartphone or computer for fun, make sure you take a break. Don't spend too much time surfing the internet, shopping online, playing Pokémon Go or checking out Facebook and YouTube. Not staring at a screen is more difficult at work, because many of us spend most of the day at the computer. But the same rule applies as in your free time: breaks are the best way to give your eyes a rest. We suggest you following the '20-20-20 rule': look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes. This allows your eyes to relax and prevents additional problems.

20-20-20 rule': look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes.

What else can I do?

When sitting at the computer, we tend to lean forward. This means that we don't move enough and blink too infrequently. This causes our eyes to dry out, and the tear fluid necessary for healthy eyes is insufficient. One way to prevent dry eyes is to remember to blink. We would suggest putting a post-it note on your screen as a reminder. People often have poor posture when working at the computer. Pay attention to how you sit and, when necessary, correct your posture. It also helps if you stand up, walk around for a moment, and, when you come back to your seat, make sure that you sit upright.

You will find more tips here

5 Tips to help prevent Digital Eye Strain


Make sure you relax your eyes regularly over the course of the day

1. Make sure you relax your eyes regularly over the course of the day. Ideally, look into the distance every hour for about five minutes – without focusing.



5 Tips to help prevent Digital Eye Strain


Ask your optician for advice on digital eyestrain

2. Ask your eye care professional for advice on digital eye strain. He or she will check your eyes for possible symptoms.





5 Tips to help prevent Digital Eye Strain


Ideally, you should combine your eye stress test with a regular eye examination.

3. Ideally, you should combine your eye stress test with a regular eye examination. You should have this done every two years – to ensure that you enjoy good vision and therefore a better quality of life.


 

 

5 Tips to help prevent Digital Eye Strain


Some people find that this blue light makes them feel tired and uncomfortable. The remedy may be the appropriate lens coating.

4. These days, we are exposed to more blue light than ever before due to the constant use of modern displays. Do you work at a computer, smartphone or tablet for long periods every day? Some people find that this blue light makes them feel tired and uncomfortable. The remedy may be the appropriate lens coating.


 

5 Tips to help prevent Digital Eye Strain


Perfect lens centration by your optician are an absolute must.

5. If you opt for ZEISS precision lenses, detailed advice on your lenses and frames and perfect lens centration by your eye care professional are an absolute must.



How can glasses help?

These days there are glasses which accommodate different visual habits and ensure comfortable vision – even in the digital age. ZEISS has developed lenses in line with our 'digital visual behavior.' These feature a particularly large area for the near zone and offer targeted vision solutions which help your eyes when using smartphones, computers, etc. You can wear these glasses all day, and they are suitable for first-time as well as long-time eyeglass-wearers.

Where can I find additional information?

Go to your eye care professional and describe any problems you’ve been having. It’s also important that you tell them when and where you use digital devices. These trained experts will be able to offer you solutions tailored to your personal lifestyle and daily routines. Find a ZEISS eye care professional near you.

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