The average South African daily spends two hours watching TV, and accumulatively, more than five hours staring at a computer, mobile or tablet screen.
That’s more than seven hours of looking at a digital device of some sort every day which can cause immense strain on your eyes and lead to fatigue, or in some cases, blurry vision.
We don’t expect you to completely stop using technology (that's just crazy talk) but we’re able to share a few tips on how to look after your eyes in a digital world:
If you spend the majority of your day staring at a PC or phone screen, be sure to take regular breaks. Every hour or so, look away from your screen to allow your eye muscles to relax and avoid becoming overworked and tense.
Eye strain is often caused by harsh lighting from your computer or mobile screen. Turn down the intensity of the lighting. Many mobile and desktop screens allow night mode that automatically adjust the screen’s contrast and colour to lower the chances of eye strain while working in the dark.
The closer you sit to your computer screen or hold your phone to your eyes, the bigger the chances of straining your eyes. By simply moving your screen further away you won’t put as much strain on your eyes. Make small changes like increasing the size of your device’s font that will automatically allow you to move your device further away.
Blinking allows your eyes to stay moist and lubricated. Train yourself to blink more often when you’re looking at a screen. This will help prevent your eyes from becoming dry and scratchy.
Your optometrist has a few helpful solutions to protecting your eyes from the harmful lights of digital devices. They can provide you with digitally surfaced Accommodative Support Lenses, Blue Control Lens coatings or eye lubricants that will help you better manage the strain of using a digital device.
Keep you eyes in good shape by visiting an optometrist with GetSavvi Health’s optometry top-up benefit. The top-up optometry option is available at an additional R35 per month and includes consultations, an eyeglass frame, single vision and bifocal lenses. Click here to send us your details and a GetSavvi Health consultant will contact you soon.