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COVID-19: Protect Your Eyes From Too Much Screen Time

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You and your children are likely spending more time on mobile devices and computer screens than ever before. Too much time spent staring at screens can cause computer vision syndrome, or digital eye strain, in certain people. While not serious, this condition can be very uncomfortable, potentially causing:

  • Headaches
  • Eyestrain
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Insomnia
  • Tiredness

Below are some useful tips to help you and your children avoid computer vision syndrome:

Blink more! 

Staring at a screen strains the eyes more than reading printed material because people tend to blink 30-50% less. This can also cause your eyes to dry out. Be mindful of blinking and make it a habit when focusing on a screen, as it will keep your eyes healthy and lubricated.

Follow the 20-20-20 Rule 

Give your eyes a break every 20 minutes by looking at an object located 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Doing so will allow your eyes to relax and will give both you and your eyes some rest.

Keep your distance

Your eyes work harder to see close up than at a distance. Try keeping your monitor or screen at arm’s length, or about 25 inches away.

Lighting matters

Make sure that your surrounding light is similar in strength to the light emanating from your screen. Contrasting levels of light, such as looking at a bright screen in a dark room, can strain the eyes.

Take breaks from the screen

You may want to stipulate ‘screen free’ time for yourself and/or your children, such as during meal times or for several hours throughout the day. Engage in hobbies that don't require a screen, such as drawing, reading books, doing puzzles, playing an instrument or cooking (among many others).

Don't use devices before bed

Studies show that blue light may affect your body’s circadian rhythm, also known as the natural wake and sleep cycle. Stop using screens one to two hours before bedtime or use nighttime settings to minimize blue light exposure.

Although it may require a bit of planning to protect your family’s eyes during this stressful time, ultimately, it’s all about balance — and what works for you and your family may differ from others.

From all of us at Patterson Eye Clinic at Richmond, we wish you good health and please stay safe.

Dear valued Patterson Eye Clinic patients:

We are open for normal business hours as of May 11, 2020. Essential and preventative eye care, as well as optical services, will resume immediately. Many patients are overdue for eye care. We will make every effort to schedule your examination promptly while also continuing to use safety and social distancing measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Our top priority is to provide a safe, clinical environment for our patients and team. All patients, doctors, and staff are screened via temperature checks and oxygen level testing upon entering the clinic. Our staff and doctors are required to wear personal protective equipment while administrating care. We are also requesting that all patients wear a mask when visiting the clinic. All rooms, work surfaces, and instruments are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between patients. We have changed procedures to reduce time in the office, including adjusting patient scheduling to maximize social distancing. Telehealth care and curbside pick-ups will also continue to still be available.

We are grateful for your patience during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Peter Nardone, O.D.

Laurel Loukx, O.D.

Jon Stoller, O.D.

Taylor Dalton, O.D.

Patterson Eye Clinic