You’re in front of screens a lot more than usual
Nowadays, we are “not being able to go to restaurants, stores or basically anywhere else means you have a lot more time than usual to kill. That can lead to long stretches spent in front of your TV and on your phone — and that can be rough on your eyes.
“Prolonged screen time can increase symptoms of eye strain, dry eyes and headaches,” Dr. Carolyn Duong, an ophthalmologist at UCLA Health, tells Yahoo Life. “Computer strain occurs because our blink rates tend to decrease when using computers, which can also exacerbate symptoms of dry eyes. Using digital devices (like your phone) that are often angled or at various distances can increase symptoms of eye strain and glare.”
To keep your eyes healthy, she recommends increasing the contrast on your screens to try to reduce glare. Resting your eyes using the 20-20-20 rule (every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away for 20 seconds) can also help relieve eye strain, she says. And, if you’re dealing with symptoms of dry eye (which include a stinging, burning, or scratchy feeling in your eyes, watery eyes, and blurred vision, per the American Optometric Association), Duong says artificial tears can help.”
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