Protect Your Eyes From Digital Devices with Vision Centers in Long Island and Queens New York
With all the advances in technology over the past decade, it seems that you don’t go anywhere without carrying some kind of device to keep you connected. Whether its a new tablet, a smartphone, or a laptop, we are constantly looking and becoming absorbed in screens. But many people don’t think about the impact it can have on our eye health and vision. Your Long Island and Queens optometrists at Vision Center are not suggesting you forget about this technology, but we offer a few tips for digital device usage that is both healthy and necessary for your vision health.
Eye strain is a common occurrence with digital devices, but many consumer forget that technology is meant to be ergonomic and conform to our standards. Just because the default setting of your smartphone or tablet has small text, doesn’t mean you can’t change it! Adjust your environment to suit your needs and promote healthier eyes. If possible, use a large screen or magnify the screen to reduce eye strain. For chair positioning, be sure to have a chair with excellent lower-back support and keep it close to your computer.
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Lighting is another environmental adjustment that can be made. Not only can you change your monitor settings to a reflective lighting scheme, you should make sure you have good room lighting. Keep the bright lighting overhead to a minimum because it can overexpose and irritate the eyes. But don’t keep it too dim, because too little light causes the eyes to strain in order to see. Vision Center Optometry Long Island suggest that you keep a desk lamp shining on your desk. have window light off to the side rather than in front of in back of you. Position your computer screen to reduce window glare and reflections from overhead lights.
The perfect reading angle is at a slightly downward angle and roughly two feet away from your face. The center of your computer screen or smart phone should be four to six inches below your eyes. Don’t forget that you can adjust the screening setting for optimal brightness and contrast.
As we said before, magnifying the text and images on your device will prevent squinting. Almost every device can be adjusted to display with larger text, which will make reading easier and your eyes will thank you.
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Lastly, it seems simple, but don’t forget to blink! Blinking washes your eyes in naturally therapeutic tears, which is a nice refresher for those of you wearing contact lenses. Digital devices are set up for non-stop work, but you don’t have to work non-stop too! Our Queens optometrists suggest you take a break every twenty minutes and look away from your screen for twenty seconds at something farther than ten feet away.
The most common effects of digital overuse are eyestrain, double vision, temporary short-sightedness and visual fatigue. The term eyestrain alone can cover a range of symptoms, including irritation, soreness, photosensitivity and general tiredness. If you suspect that your eyesight is suffering from constant technological use, you may need eyeglasses or contact lenses. Our five optical stores in New York provide comprehensive eye examinations, a large selection of designer eyewear and contact lenses exams and fittings. We have five convenient locations in New York including Bayshore, Farmingdale, Moriches, Greenlawn and Whitestone.