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6 Tips for Healthier Eyes in the Digital Era

According to a survey conducted in the year 2017, India ranked in the world’s top 5 markets in terms of the time spent on apps on Android phones.

  • 18 Aug 2018
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Keeping eyes protected from the strains and stresses of everyday computer usage is of more importance today than ever before

According to a survey conducted in the year 2017, India ranked in the world’s top 5 markets in terms of the time spent on apps on Android phones. Indians spend up to 4 hours of their day on smartphones, which is equivalent to half a work day in many cases. For many, these hours are in addition to at least another 8 hours a day spent on their laptops and computers at work.

Long hours of exposure to the blue light emitted by computer and phone screens can cause a plethora of eye problems; ranging from blurry vision, dryness, eye strain, itchy eyes, headaches to long-term diseases like Computer Vision Syndrome.

A few simple steps taken every day can help protect your eyes and reverse the adverse effects of computers on your eyes.

Anti-glare Glasses

The blue light that is emitted in large amount by computer and phone screens can be harmful to the eyes. When in front of the screen, eyes must be protected by anti-glare glasses. The anti-reflective coating present on the glasses helps to bounce the light off and thus reduce glare and protect eyes.

Take a Break

Taking a break from the screen every 20 minutes is important. It can be done by looking at something at a distance; by rapidly blinking or by taking a walk. Walking around helps with the blood circulation which improves not only eye health but also the health of the entire body.

Better Lighting

When working on a screen, the lighting in the room should be neither too dim nor too bright. Where low lighting can strain your eyes, bright and concentrated lighting can cause glare; both are bad for the eyes. Therefore, opting for diffused lighting keeps eyes healthy and in good working condition.

Proper Distance and Angle

The computer screen must be placed at least at an arm’s length to escape strain and stress to the eyes. Apart from the distance, the angle at which the screen is viewed is of importance as well. By keeping the screen at 20 degrees below the eye level also eases the strain on the eyes.

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Stay Hydrated

Taking a measured intake of water during work hours is essential to keeping the eyes hydrated. Long hours in front of the screen, can cause dry eyes, redness and itchiness. By following a strict regime of consuming at least 2 litres of water a day, this problem can be countered.

Get Insured

Investing in a health insurance is always a wise thing to do. Also, having a health insurance policy is a great backup in case a medical exigency arises due to any reason. Following these simple techniques can ensure eyes that are healthy and potentially, a better work experience.

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