When was the last time you went for 24 hours without looking at a computer, tablet or smartphone? For most of us, it takes an overseas holiday or complete lack of mobile reception to prize the phone from our hands. But all that screen time is not particularly good for your health. Prevent ‘square eyes’ with these five expert tips.
If you spend a lot of time using a computer, dim lighting can help minimise eye strain. Close blinds, use dimmer bulbs and position your screen so that you do not have direct window light in front or behind it.
A study from the SUNY State College of Optometry in New York found that smartphone users hold their devices closer to their face than they would a book. This forces your eyes to work harder. Minimise the strain by using a font that’s easy to read, such as Verdana 12-point, on all devices.
It’s not just your eyes that will suffer from more than two hours a day on a tablet – your neck, shoulders, arms and hands will also feel the pressure, so use a desktop for longer jobs.
Low contrast text and backgrounds tire the eyes. Reading dark text on a light background is easiest.
The bright lights and sharp movements in video games force your eyes to focus and refocus constantly, which causes eye strain. Look away for 10 seconds every 10 minutes, use an anti-glare screen, blink often and position your screen below eye level.