Are you spending more time in front of a screen these days? Even more than normal? We know we are. Working from home has some serious perks – sweatpants, whatever music we want in the background, pets as coworkers, endless snacks – but the increased screen time definitely not a perk for your eyes. Here is what Prairie Eye Clinic suggests!
- Follow the 20-20-20 rule: Take a 20 second break, every 20 minutes and view something 20 feet away.
- Keep a distance: It’s recommended to sit a comfortable distance away with the computer screen. Be at a distance you can easily read all text with your head and torso in an upright position and your back supported well. Start with 20-28 inches from your eyes to the screen.
- View from a different angle: Ideally, the computer screen should be 15 to 20 degrees, or about 4-5 inches below eye as measured from the center of the screen.
- Decrease glare: Consider using a glare filter on your screen. These filters decrease the amount of light reflected from the screen.
- Blink often: Make an effort to blink more often to reduce the feeling of dry, irritated eyes.