Protect your eyes from electronic displays Protect your eyes from electronic displays

Prevent eye fatigue by giving your eyes short breaks when using a computer, cell phone or tablet.

Feeling like your eyes are tired can occur when they are exposed for prolonged periods of time to light that is emitted from electronic displays. The website Saludalia offers some recommendations to keep them protected:

  • Avoid using electronic devices in very dry, windy or heavily polluted places, as this affects the quality of your vision.
  • Try to make sure there is enough lighting both in the room you are in and at eye level in the device. Set the display lighting according to the activity you are going to do; reading or watching movies in the dark overexerts the eyes.
  • Place the screen about one foot (30 cm) from your eyes, below eye level.
  • Use medicated eyedrops if your eyes tend to dry out.
  • Keep track of how much time you use electronic devices. The recommended amount is no more than two hours.

If you cannot reduce the time you spend in front of an electronic display, take a few moments to let your eyes rest to prevent eyestrain and even headaches. The website MedlinePlus recommends using the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take your eyes away from the screen to a place about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds.

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