To be honest, these tips couldn’t have come at a better time.
I’m no longer a young man. I’ll be 45 years old this May, and my body is starting to feel like it.
Now my eyes are jumping on the bandwagon, too.
For the last few months, as my screen-time has increased, I’ve definitely noticed major eye fatigue that has led to increased headaches, difficulty sleeping and several other eye-related issues.
Awhile back, I bought some eye drops to keep in the studio because it’s so friggin’ dry in here, and I’ve got at least four monitors in front of me every day for up to 8 hours a day. Not to mention all the time I spend staring at my stupid phone, and all the damn TV I watch at home.
So, I’m finally going to start taking my eye health seriously by visiting an optometrist.
If you’re like me and you are having a tough time with your eyes while working from home, here’s a few tips:
- Move so you’re closer to a window. Natural light helps.
- Set alarms to take regular screen breaks. Apparently, there’s a 20-20-20 rule where you stare at something that’s 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes.
- Use eye drops. Make sure you don’t overuse them, however. Especially if they’re prescription eye drops.
- Have a good desk lamp for when the light is poor. Bad lighting can cause headaches, irritability and even make you less productive.
- Stay about two feet from your computer screen. Any closer is much harder on your eyes.