Our digital devices have kind of taken over. And that’s not a bad thing. You’re reading this article on a screen, aren’t you? But all that staring can leave our eyes feeling dry, itchy, and irritated.
We’re here to tell you that you can still enjoy your multi-screen world and take care of your eyes. And we’ve got some tips to boot.
Practice the 20-20-20 rule
Set a timer. For every 20 minutes you spend staring at a screen, you owe your eyes a 20-second break to look 20 feet into the distance.
Take some blink breaks
Put a note above your computer at home or at work that says “blink.”
Mind your posture
Sit at least 25 inches away from your screen and take plenty of blink breaks.
Turn down your computer screen so it isn’t the brightest part of the room.
Put your phone away…for a bit. And reconnect with your surroundings or the person sitting next to you on the couch.
Here’s a clever one. Try sitting above your computer so you’re looking down as you work. This will keep your eyes only halfway open—and less likely to dry out.
Give these a try. And if your eyes really are feeling dry and irritated from staring at screens, bring it up with your eye doctor. It could be dry eye.