As a blogger, I spend a lot of time working on the computer. If I’m not on my computer, I’m keeping tabs on social media and emails with my smartphone. I know I’m not alone in spending so much time online. Pretty must everyone I know spends a lot of time every day looking at screens. It’s how we work, organize our lives, connect with the world and keep up with our favorite shows on Netflix.
Computers, tablets and smartphones emit blue-violet light, which can have negative effects on our eyes. The more time we spend looking at our devices, the more likely we are to suffer from a common eye condition called Digital Eye Strain. Everyone from children to teens and adults can experience signs and symptoms of Digital Eye Strain.
Digital Eye Strain Signs and Symptoms. Do Any of These Sound Familiar?
- Sore, tired, burning or itching eyes
- Watery or dry eyes
- Blurred or double vision
- Sore neck, shoulders or back
- Increased sensitivity to light
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feeling that you cannot keep your eyes open
I have experienced all of the above symptoms many times. For a long time, I did not realize that headaches and tired eyes were a direct result of my screen time habits. I would blame my headaches on other things like stress or allergies. Then one day, I was talking (complaining) about my tired eyes and headaches to a friend, who told me it sounded like I had eye strain from working on my computer.
So of course I hopped on my computer and Googled digital eye strain and how someone can get it. I could check off having all of the signs and symptoms. My friend was right – I did have digital eye strain. It can be a frustrating condition, but there are ways to prevent eye strain from happening. If you work at a computer or spend two hours or more on digital devices every day, you will want to check out the following tips.
Wear Eyezen Glasses While You Look at Screens
How to Prevent Digital Eye Strain
1. Wear Eyezen glasses, which are computer glasses with special lenses to block harmful blue light. Eyezen glasses reduce eye strain so your eyes can stay relaxed and comfortable. Visit your Eye Care Professional to find the right Eyezen glasses for you – with or without Prescription lenses.
2. Follow the 20-20-20 rule: Take a 20-second break from the screen every 20 minutes and look at something 20 feet away.
3. Use proper lighting to eliminate glare. Reduce exterior light by closing curtains and blinds. Reduce interior lighting by turning off the lights or using fluorescent bulbs. If possible, position your computer monitor or screen so windows are to the side, instead of in front or behind it.
4. Increase the text size on your device’s display.
5. Use eye drops to add moisture and refresh dry eyes.
Besides being happy that my Eyezen glasses reduce eye strain, I am happy that they come in stylish frame options by popular fashion brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Gant and Ray-Ban. I chose the Eyezen Women’s Ray-Ban RX5150. They are comfortable glasses and help me work for longer at my computer without getting the headaches and tired eyes. Learn more and find your Eyezen style at EyezenUSA.com
Have you experienced any digital eye strain symptoms? Which Eyezen glasses style would you choose?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Essilor . The opinions and text are all mine.