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Caring for Your Vision with So Much Screen-Time!

Avoid “Computer Vision Syndrome”

By Carl Hillier, OD FCOVD

 
Most of us are engaged in “screen time” more than ever before—using Zoom/Skype/FaceTime as a tele-therapy platform. For many, this can be very successful, but also potentially very visually stressful.

We recommend the following guidelines to help minimize the following problems associated with excess screen-time—collectively known as “Computer Vision Syndrome”:

  • Cognitive Fatigue
  • Visual Fatigue/Eye Strain
  • Dry Eye Symptoms
  • Blurred Distance Vision
  • Headache
  • Neck and Shoulder Pain
  • Poor-Quality Sleep

 

Things to do to alleviate the symptoms above:

  • Take scheduled breaks from screen time at least every 30 minutes, walking away from the computer for at least 2 minutes.
  • During these 2 minutes, stand or sit in a very relaxed way and rotate your body without moving your feet—try to look behind you one way, then back to the other way as far as you are able.
  • Check each eye individually during these 2-minute breaks to ensure you are not losing distance vision from either eye.
  • Acquire optical quality lenses that deflect the harmful blue light that emanates from screens. Your optometrist can get the proper protective lenses for you.
  • Research-proven nutritional supplementation solutions:
    • Lutein (10 mg), Zeaxanthin (2 mg) and Mesozeaxanthin (10 mg)—to improve visual performance, sleep quality and decrease adverse physical symptoms
    • Omega-3—Minimum EPA: 400 mg; Minimum DHA: 960 mg
  • Stop screen time 2 hours before going to sleep.
  • Get outside as much as possible!

If you would like more advice on how to establish a strong visual foundation for the demands of online learning, just let us know. We can provide activities for you to do off-line that will help you maintain good vision while you are on-line!

Carl G. Hillier, OD FCOVD
Melissa C. Hillier, OD FCOVD
San Diego Center For Vision Care
SanDiegoCenterForVisionCare.com

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