Keep Computer And Smartphone Screens From Destroying Your Eyes

Staring at a screen all day can cause eye strain and other vision problems. Keep your eyes healthy and prevent other issue like neck and shoulder pain by practicing good "eye-gonomics".

The Vision Council has published a helpful 16-page guide to avoiding digital eye strain. The first step is to identify symptoms of digital eye strain: red or dry eyes, blurred vision, general fatigue or headaches. Back and neck pain can also be caused by poor workspace ergonomics.

Remembering to blink and using the 20-20-20 rule (take a 20-second break every 20 minutes and look at something 20 feet away) are among the many tips The Vision Council offers to combat eye strain.

One of the more interesting tips is to make sure your computer screen is far enough away from your eyes using the "high five test": If you can't give your display a proper high five, you're sitting too close. You should be sitting like so:

And holding your smartphone this way:

We've discussed how to keep your eyes healthy in front of the computer and the best way to hold your gadgets before, but the Vision Council's guide is a useful reminder of the basics.

Screens, Phones, Tablets and More: Keeping Your Eyes Safe in a Digital Age [The Vision Council via The Atlantic and Next Draft]


    I need to make adjustments real quick! Where can you buy those computer glasses? Never heard of them before.

      Optometrist will know about them. I got a few pairs over the years from various optometrist around Sydney and the lens itself cost more than those for reading glasses but still manage to obtain a pair under private health insurance.

        Are they any good? I've seen them before, but they seemed a bit.... unnecessary.

        I'm not sure I could live it down if I wore them in the office :)

          I've tried the Gunnar computer gaming glasses which are supposed to help but found they actually made my eyes more sore with them than without them. They were only $50 so was worth a try as I do spend 12+ hours a day in front of a computer.

    Too late, my eyes are destroyed, they are smouldering craters in my face
    I am typing by echolocation

    There's a chrome extension which automatically does the 20 second per 20 minute part for you. 20 Cubed.

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