As technology continues to evolve, the odds are that tablets will get event more convenient; phones will have more apps; and new digital devices will be invented, ensuring that our eyes will spend even more time staring at screens for work, school and play.  The Vision Council's 2012 & 2013 report on digital eyestrain recommends these tips for safer screen viewing:

Reduce Glare

Adjust the brightness of your screen by checking the device's control setting. Consider changing your background colour from bright white to cool gray.  Glare reduction filters for computer screens are also available.

Clean Your Screen

A dust-free, smudge-free screen helps reduce glare.

Dim Surrounding Lights

Reduce the amount of light competing with your screen.  Dim indoor lighting and when outside try to avoid using your device in direct sunlight.

Adjust Your Screen

No matter the type of device, digital screens should always be directly in front of your faces, and slightly below eye level. Keep handheld devices a safe distance from your eyes and just below eye level.

Increase Text Size

Try increasing text size to better help define screen content and to make reading more comfortable for your eyes.

The majority of adults experience digital eye strain between 3 and 9 p.m. During this time, the eyes are already fatigued from hours of screen viewing and must work extra hard to focus on new stimuli.

The majority of adults experience digital eye strain between 3 and 9 p.m. During this time, the eyes are already fatigued from hours of screen viewing and must work extra hard to focus on new stimuli.

Blink More Often

Remind yourself to blink more often. Staring at a digital screen can affect the number of times you blink, causing eyes to dry.

Take a 20-20-20 Break

Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away.

Limit the Amount of Screen Time

Consider limiting the amount of time spent on a digital device. Spending just two consecutive hours looking at a digital screen can cause eyestrain and fatigue. Parents should supervise and limit the amount of screen time their children are permitted, and reduce the amount of their own screen time around the children to set a good example.

Wear Computer Glasses

Computer glasses help the eye adjust to intermediate-distance objects such as computer screens and help to reduce the effects of eyestrain.

 

No matter your age, limiting your exposure to blue light and protecting your eyesight will ensure that you enjoy many more years of vision health.