Times have changed and many of us have switched to using online platforms almost exclusively. Spending hours upon hours on screens can cause some to develop eye strain or fatigue, headaches and even dizziness. Below are a few bullet points to consider with increased screen exposure:
- Buy some blue blocker glasses. These can be purchased from Amazon and there is a wide price point range. The best blue blockers will have an actual yellow tint to them. You may want to consider getting blue blockers that also have a glare resistant component to them.
- Use the night time function to reduce the blue light on your computer even more. You can also download an app like f.lux that will reduce the blue light on your screen.
- Avoid scrolling. If you are searching for something, look away from the screen to scroll then look back. If your computer allows you to page up and page down, use this feature.
- Take frequent breaks and stop BEFORE you start having symptoms. It may be helpful to set an alarm to ensure you don’t work through a break. I usually recommend resting for 10 minutes for every 50 minutes of work, but you may need more frequent breaks than that. When you are breaking, look out a window at distances that are 100 yards or more away; this will relax your eye muscles.
- When you aren’t on your screen, don’t jump to another screen! Go outside and get some fresh air, exercise or cook a meal. Give your eyes the break they need.
Starting this week I am launching my Recovery Catapult Programs. There is one for Concussions, one for Headaches and one for Dizziness/Vertigo. These are telemedicine sessions that are intended to get patients on the right track in these unprecedented times. Once the clinic is open again (projection is after Memorial Day), further evaluation will be done if there is more work to do. If you are interested in learning more, please reach out via phone, text or email. Stay safe and be well everyone.