Did you know that in the winter your eyes are under more strain than in the warmer months? Eye strain becomes more of a problem in the winter for 2 big reasons:
- It gets darker earlier in the evening and so most people opt to be indoors. This leads to more screen time either on the laptop, tablet, mobile phone, playing video games or watching more television.
- Colder temperatures and bad weather also contribute to people being inside and on a digital device.
Symptoms of Eye Strain include:
- Eye strain
- Dry Eyes
- Blurred vision
- Neck & shoulder pain
Here are some tips to combat eye strain in the winter:
- Use the 20-20-20 rule. Take a 20-second break every 20 minutes to look 20 feet away from you, away from the screen.
- Adjust the lighting. Reduce overhead lighting on your screens to eliminate glare. Also, watch TV with some additional ambient light on.
- Blink often. Reading, watching, or playing on a screen causes us to blink less than we normally do, so remember to blink. At least use some eye drops to prevent dry eye.
- Get regular eye exams. You may need a different prescription for working on a computer, or a prescription just for doing so if you don’t have one already.
- Get specialty eyewear. Certain lenses are made for stress reduction that can be manufactured for your choice of frames.