I hope after you read and consider the better habits described in this article, you will enjoy some dry eye relief and reduce your daily eye strain.
If you’re anything like most of the modern world, you spend a ton of time in front of a computer. And if you spend a ton of time in front of the computer, you’re probably squinting more than you realize. The problem with squinting is that it often leads to less blinking and thus less moisture for your eyes.
Why It’s Important To Reduce Eye Strain
A recent study indicated that narrowing your eyes just slightly reduced eye blinks per minute by 50 percent. More pronounced squinting reduced eye blinks to just four per minute! With so little blinking, your eyes inevitably become red, itchy and irritated.
Squinting also strains the muscles around and behind your eyes, putting them through more aging strain than necessary.
The difficulty is that we evolved to keep our eyes on the distant horizon with only temporary periods where we focused on objects up close. To reduce the wear and strain you put on your eyes from staring at walls and computer monitors, you need to make a deliberate effort to balance your vision in your daily tasks.
So let me take you through your day and offer habits that can give you dry eye relief and offer less eye strain.
Reduce Eye Strain With Better Habits
Whether you bike, walk, ride or drive your way to work, take the opportunity to use some nice bifocal sunglasses (or just plain shades if you don’t need any kind of corrective lens). Reducing the brightness and glare reduces your strain and in addition the glasses help reduce the drying of air exposure, thus preserving your natural eye-moistening tears.
When you’re working, regardless of whether you’re at the computer most of the time or not, try to balance short viewing distances with long viewing distances. Ideally, stare out the window every 15 minutes or so for at least 30 seconds. If you don’t have a window nearby, find something else to stare at for 30 seconds that is at least 20 yards (or 60 feed) away from you. Mix in a few long distance scans as well — don’t just fixate your eyes on one single spot.
While you’re at the computer, set the screen to be slightly below your straight ahead view and adjust lighting around you to decrease glare as much as possible. Adjust the contrast and brightness of your monitor to increase clarity and ease eye strain. If available, wear a pair of computer glasses. Computer reading glasses can help reduce strain for those who spend a lot of time on the computer.
When you snack or eat, try to include omega-3 fatty acids and fats (try walnuts, avocados, omega-3 eggs and DHA supplements) as well as quercetin (apples, oranges, onions) and Vitamin A (carrots). Some will find being smart about nutrition difficult because they don’t perceive the benefits immediately, but stick to it regularly and you will be thankful months and years down the line.
I hope this helps you better support those precious peepers. Of course, if you’re reading my site you should probably understand that a quality pair of bifocal reading glasses are a must for minimizing eye strain in your daily life.