Avoiding Screen Fatigue or Twitchy Eye…

Avoiding Screen Fatigue or Twitchy Eye…

This post is more as a reminder to myself than most as I’ve once again joined the twitchy eye brigade and need to practice what I preach when it comes to screen use. Much is made of ergonomics in the workplace, chairs with support, feet flat on floor etc, however screen use in general can be detrimental to your eyesight and leave you needing glasses or lenses to fix the issue.

Common ways to help prevent these problems are:

  • Place the screen 51 – 66 cm away from your eyes and a little below eye level.
  • Regularly clean off dust and smudges from the screen. Smudges on the screen can reduce contrast and increase problems with glare and reflections.
  • Try to use a glare filter over the screen.
  • Choose screens that tilt and swivel.
  • Change lighting to reduce glare.
  • Try the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet (6metres) in front of you for 20 seconds.
  • Take regular breaks from working on the computer….do not use these breaks to stare at your mobile phone screen!
  • Consider using a humidifier and using artificial tear drops to aide dry eyes.
  • Try not to come straight from work and sit in front of a TV screen, same problem different location.
  • Get your eyes tested regularly, don’t strain your eyes just for prides’ sake. If your eye lids etc are twitching definitely consider visiting a professional.

Twitchy eye is not a medical term, it is however really really annoying and may in some cases require self imposed social exclusion for fear of people thinking you’re going crazy or channeling your inner Inspector Dreyfus.

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