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  • Tips on how to relieve your digital eye strain

    We've witnessed our world changing from analog to digital in due course of time. From work to play it has been digitized largely. In this era where life doesn't exist without technology it's really hard to ride out the negative impact hidden behind gleam. You've likely heard of the term ergonomics, but do you know about “eyegonomics”? When you're spending the day looking at a screen, whether it's a tablet device or a smartphone, you can suffer from eye strain as well as neck pain.

    You start out sitting straight, but then find yourself slouched over sitting with your neck bent at an uncomfortable angle and before you know it, you have neck and back pain, not to mention red, irritated eyes. This may seem normal as we all at some point go through this particular situation of uneasiness. But is it normal or something should be done to counter this affliction?

    Factually speaking yes, you can get eye strain simply from using a digital device for more than two hours at stretch. Just think about how many screens you look at during the course of your day. Desktop and laptop computers, smartphones, e-readers, tablets, televisions and gaming systems. In fact, according to a survey, more than one-third of Indian adults reportedly spend four to six hours a day with digital devices.

    To help combat the eye fatigue and irritation, doctors have offered these tips for incorporating good "eyegonomics" into your day.

    1. Use the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away

    2. Create an ergonomically-friendly work station with proper lighting, seat adjustments, and monitor settings

    3. Maintain an appropriate distance from handheld and stationary device screens

    4. Enlarge your computer text and browser windows for easier viewing

    5. Clean electronic device screens frequently to eliminate dust and glare

    6. Remember to blink; staring at screens can dry eyes

    If you look at a smartphone most of the day, look at the image below — at the proper distance, of course — and note how the setup should appear.

    Lastly, consider getting a pair of anti-glares to help combat eye strain. They're available in both prescription and non-prescription varieties. Not speaking much about them but seriously they could relieve strain to a greater extent.

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