It is true. Too much of anything is ultimately not good for you and sadly this includes too much screen time.
I’m sure most of us can all relate to longer screen hours – especially throughout the lock down period. With long hours often come the symptoms; tired, sore eyes that feel gritty and scratchy as day goes by – as well as looking a bit red. Sleep may not come easily and can often feel broken; too much exposure to Blue Light at night suppresses the secretion of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep cycles.
If you’re concerned about digital eye strain and the effects of blue light on your eyes, here are some tips to help push back on these symptoms:
– Try and limit your screen hours. Sounds simple, but try and be present and think if you need to use your screen or could you be doing something better with your time!
– When you are using your device limit yourself to 25 minutes on screen and then put down the screen for 5 minutes. Repeat this cycle.
– Try and blink regularly to re-wet your eyes. Consider using artificial tears (eye drops) every couple of hours when on screen.
– Every couple of minutes look up at something several metres away or out a window to relax your focus just for a couple of seconds before resuming your task.
– Think strongly about getting Blue Light protective lenses or glasses. Screens release a lot of potentially damaging Blue Light that effects your eyes. This can be blocked by the wearing blue light lenses.
Trying all these things will help your eyes to feel more rested at the end of the day and look visibly less red and tired.
If you’re concerned about the amount of screen time you’re exposed to, the good news is we have blue light lenses available for both prescription and non prescription wearers. Our range of non prescription blue light lenses can also be added to any frame in store.