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If you have problems you should go to the ophthalmologist, but there are also things we can do to fight against tired eyes

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting people physically and psychologically: sedentary lifestyle, insomnia, bruxism, headaches… it is normal, since our routine has been altered by it, now we telework and on many occasions we have abandoned the active and fast life that we had before to spend more time at home. In addition, continued bad news or uncertain future also dents.

Have you noticed your tired eyesight lately? Teleworking has many positives, including work-life balance and personal life, as well as avoiding traffic jams and early rises, but it also has a double side: many people do not know when to stop. 

After spending eight hours looking at the computer screen, we continue to look at mobile, tablet or television, and of course, all this affects our eyes. If you have problems you should go to the ophthalmologist, but there are also things we can do to fight against visual fatigue.

The 20-20-20 rule

As revealed by Daniel Hardiman-McCartney from the UK College of Optometrists, relaxing the muscles that are in and around the eyes is essential. It’s simple: every 20 minutes look at something at least 20 feet away (about six meters) for 20 seconds.

When we focus on a nearby object like a screen, the tiny muscles inside the eyes – the ciliary muscles – contract. The contraction changes the shape of the lenses inside the eyes, focusing the image on the retina.

Those little muscles and others around the eye sockets that keep you looking in the same direction need a break.

Blinking

The eyelids work like a windshield. They remove dust and dirt and wash the surface of the eye with tear fluid, also keep the cornea moist, which is essential because if it dries, vision becomes blurred. The problem is that we blink less frequently when reading on a screen, according to many studies.

Adjust the screen

It is also important. Experts indicate that the screen should be about 75 centimeters from your face. If the screen is too close, you run the risk of continually overloading your eye muscles, and if you are too far away, you will have a hard time seeing small details. It should also be placed at or slightly below eye level.

Make the letter bigger

There is no ideal computer font size for people. Not on the phone either. Adjust it until you feel comfortable. Experts say that dark text on a light background is generally better for the eyes than light text on a dark background.

Also, make regular stopovers so your eyesight can take a break. Going outdoors is a great way to relieve eye pressure, as well as help your overall physical and mental health.

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