Digital eye strain is a common problem, especially for those of us who spend a lot of time staring at screens. Whether it’s hours spent working on a computer, playing video games, or scrolling through social media, our eyes can become strained and fatigued from all the bright lights and blue light.
Luckily, there are some simple ways you can perform squint eye treatment at home to reduce and prevent eye strain that doesn’t involve spending money on expensive glasses or fancy gadgets.
- Take Frequent Breaks
Taking frequent breaks throughout the day can help reduce eye fatigue and strain. Every twenty minutes or so, take your eyes off the screen for about twenty seconds and look at something in the distance; this helps your eyes relax and rest.
If you need to be in front of the screen for longer periods of time, consider setting an alarm to remind yourself to take a break.
- Change Your Position
Sitting in one spot for too long can lead to eye strain; try changing your position every hour or so to give your eyes a break without having to look away from the screen completely.
Move closer or farther away from the screen; shift from side-to-side; stand up if possible; anything that will allow you to change your perspective without leaving your seat.
- Adjust Screen Settings
Make sure the brightness of your screen is set correctly, it should be just slightly brighter than your surroundings, and adjust the gamma settings if necessary (this will help reduce any glare). Also, make sure all text is large enough that you don’t have to squint when reading it.
- Wear Computer Glasses
Special glasses designed specifically for use with screens can help reduce glare and protect against blue light radiation which has been linked with an increased risk of macular degeneration over time. If you’re looking for an easy way to reduce strain while still being able to work on your computer all day long, these may be worth considering!
- Blink More Often
Blinking helps keep our eyes lubricated, reducing dryness which can cause irritation and inflammation; blinking more often can help prevent this from happening by keeping our eyes moist and comfortable throughout the day (which also helps us focus better!).
Try consciously blinking more often when using digital devices; this will help keep them lubricated and comfortable as well as helping reduce strain over time.
- Use Artificial Tears
Artificial tears are specially formulated drops that help cleanse and refresh dried-out eyeballs after long stints in front of a digital device or even after spending too much time outdoors in dry weather conditions.
These over-the-counter drops are usually safe for everyday use but it’s always best to check with your doctor before using any new medications just in case.