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Digital eye strain and it's implications on your vision

In today's day and age it is hard to come across an individual who does not own an electronic device, be it a mobile phone, laptop, tablet or computer desktop. We are constantly engaged with our phones and most of our day to day lives are managed by our phones. Gone are the days when we owned an alarm clock, a notebook or a separate camera. Today a smartphone is all one needs. However, this has various health implications. The limitless screen time that we have today can have serious consequences on our vision. These include eye conditions like the dry eye, eye strain, and rapidly progressive refractive errors.

The reality is that our lives are dictated by our smartphones and it is extremely difficult and close to impossible to eliminate them from our lives. The best solution to this problem is to follow the guidelines put forward by health experts when using electronic devices. Eyestrain isn't serious but its very annoying. Some experience sore, tired, burning or itchy eyes. Headache and blurred or watery eyes are also common.

One must limit their screen time to a few hours a day. If you use your electronic device for longer periods, make sure you take eye breaks and blink to ensure adequate lubrication. Artificial tear drops are also a great solution to tackle with the problem of dry eye syndrome.

When working at a computer or using any electronic devices, we tend to blink less frequently, which allows our tears to evaporate and increase our risk of dry eye.

If you work in the office, here are some tips for you.

-Blink often to refresh your eyes

-Try the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. -Check the lighting and reduce glare -Adjust your monitor and screen settings

By: Unique Vision Centre

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