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Don’t Let the Computer Screen Ruin Your Eyes!

We all know how see­ing works- through light. It’s essen­tial in our brains’ abil­i­ty to receive the light waves and reflect an image before us.  How­ev­er, some­times too much light can cause a prob­lem. If the eyes are exposed to too much light for too long, the vision can be obstruct­ed and even­tu­al­ly, per­ma­nent­ly impaired.

Of course, some changes are just nat­ur­al for age and not asso­ci­at­ed with any exter­nal fac­tors. After age six­ty, the func­tion of our eyes changes inher­ent­ly. These changes are not cause for alarm and can often be cor­rect­ed with surgery or pre­scrip­tion glass­es and con­tacts. If you are unsure whether your vision changes are nor­mal or cause for alarm, just vis­it your eye doc­tor for a com­pre­hen­sive eye exam. This will clear up any con­fu­sion and calm your wor­ries.

To ensure the safe­ty of your eyes around com­put­er light adhere to these eye care tips:

  1. Stay in check. Do your­self a favor and check in with your doc­tor for an eye exam once a year. It’s worth it to stay on top of your eye health and avoid vision loss or impair­ment down the road.
  2. Learn how to light. Some­times, it’s too bright and some­times, it isn’t bright enough. Mon­i­tor which light lev­els are com­fort­able for your eyes. If your com­put­er screen must beam bright light, adjust the light­ing around your to soft­en the expo­sure.
  3. Invest in your LCD screens. Update when you can afford it. A screen that is designed to be easy on your eyes will, in fact, be eas­i­er on your eyes. Most of us spend the major­i­ty of our days in front of a screen, so it’s impor­tant to make sure it isn’t a screen that harms us!
  4. Get rid of glare. When pos­si­ble, reduce the glare on your screen from near­by win­dows, mir­rors or oth­er reflec­tions. All of that light bounc­ing off the screen into your eyes can be so dam­ag­ing. Con­sid­er wear­ing glass­es to help deflect the reflec­tion. Turn down bright­ness. Turn to find the angle that pro­duces the least glare.
  5. Keep blink­ing. Get mois­ture in those eye­balls!
  6. Take breaks. Get up from the screen and rest your eyes. Look at some­thing with­out a reflec­tion or glare.
  7. Increase the size! Don’t get clos­er to the screen or squint because the font is too tiny. Ctrl + that web page! The com­put­er can do just as much work as your can- take advan­tage of that.

For all the best advice on eye health and supe­ri­or after eye surgery care, con­sult Dia­mond eye care, the pro­tec­tors of your best vision pos­si­ble.

June 10th, 2016|Comments Off on Don’t Let the Computer Screen Ruin Your Eyes!

About the Author:

Born in Connecticut and raised in Upstate New York , Dr. Stetson graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in New York, and then earned an MD degree with honors at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He distinguished himself again in residency at the Albany Medical Center, where he obtained the highest percentile in the Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Examinations. Dr. Stetson has performed more than 50,000 refractive surgeries and has been on staff at Diamond Vision since 2004, before becoming Medical Director in 2006.

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