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20/20/20 to protect your eyes from Digital Eye Strain

Do you spend long hours staring at digital screens, be it your desktop or laptop or the mobile phone? Do you feel irritation in your eyes or have red eyes?

Then you are probably suffering from Digital Eye Strain.

Also known as Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), this occurs among 50 to 90 percent of people who spend long hours on the computer. It is also one of the most common complaints the modern day digital workers have against their work life.

The Daily Star has just the solution for your eye-woes. Below is a list of symptoms and their solutions. Read on to find out:

Symptoms:

The symptoms of Digital Eye Strain include-

--Eye irritation

--Itching

--Difficulty in focus

--Red eyes

--Physical fatigue

--Blurred vision

--Pain in neck, shoulder and back

--Ocular migraine

--Frequent headaches.

Prevention

With a very simple formula, you can deal with Digital Eye Strain and get rid of this trouble for the rest of your life.

20/20/20

Memorise and make this your eye health mantra. Now let me explain,

After every 20 minutes of work or screen time take a break of 20 seconds and look at something soothing that is about 20 feet away.

“This way the eye muscles get the opportunity to relax after every 20 minutes which decreases the risk of Digital Eye Strain significantly”, Says Dr Md Shafi Khan, senior consultant and associate Professor of Ispahani Islamia Eye Institute and Hospital. He also said that American Optometric Association has adopted this method and advised all to follow.

Here are some other tips:

Apart from the principle rule described above, you should also be aware of some easy tips to protect your eyes from Digital Eye Strain and to maintain good eye health.

Keep your computer screen at least 25 inches far from your eyes and keep the screen at such a position that your eye gaze is slightly downward - 15 to 20 degrees below eye level. Photo courtesy: American Optometric Association

--Adjust your screen brightness and contrast. Make sure that your room or working space is as bright as your screen. You may use some screen glass, matte screen filter or screen protecting eyewear too.

--Keep your computer screen at least 25 inches far from your eyes. Keep the screen at such a position that your eye gaze is slightly downward - 15 to 20 degrees below eye level.

--And take 15 minutes of break after every two hours of continuous screen time.

--Get your eyes and vision tested regularly. A good measure is at least once a year.

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