It’s been a couple of months now since we in Utah began quarantining and social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It hasn’t been an easy adjustment for a lot of you, and it’s resulted in many of you working from home for the first time. Maybe by now you’re getting used to the work from home routine, but that also might mean that you’re noticing the problems with working from home.
One of those problems might be your computer. Working from home usually requires at least some time spent at a computer or screen, and that might mean more time looking at a screen than usual. And that screen time could be affecting your eyes.
It’s not unusual for people who spend a lot of time in front of screens to deal with tired or dry eyes, headaches, and problems sleeping. And since you’ve started working from home, you may have noticed some of these problems increasing. From blue light blockers to lifestyle habits, there are a few ways to address these problems. So let’s take a look at how to improve your at-home eye care, Utah.
6 Simple Actions that Boost Eye Health
If you’re thinking about buying blue light blockers, there are a few things to consider such as price, but we’ll get to the blue light blockers in a minute. While blue light blockers are on the rise in the market, there are a few things you can do first for your eye care that are simple and cost little to nothing, making them great for your wallet.
1. Get Good Sleep
Sleeping well is one of the best things you can do for your eye health and overall body health. Try to have 6-8 hours of sleep at night and sleep in complete darkness to make sure your body can get the best sleep possible.
Sometimes screen time can cause sleeping problems, so try to limit your screen time before bed. That includes time on social media, watching movies, or playing games. Limiting that screen time will prevent blue light from tricking your body into thinking it’s still daytime and will cause less distraction so you can go to bed at an earlier time.
2. Wear Sunglasses
Sunglasses are an important part of your personal eye care in Utah, especially in the summer. As you probably know, Utah summers are hot and sunny so you need to protect your eyes from UV rays. However, sunglasses can be just as important in the winter. So no matter what time of year it is, sunglasses can help keep your eyes safe so they can function better in front of screens.
3. Take Breaks from Screens
If you’ve found yourself on a screen more now that you’re working from home, try to walk away from your screens for a few minutes throughout the day. This allows your eyes to rest before returning to your screens. This can also be a good tactic for your body’s overall health because it gets you moving so you don’t spend all day sitting.
4. 20-20-20 Rule
This one is similar to taking breaks from your screen but is easier to do when you don’t have time to walk away from your work. The 20-20-20 rule (recommended by the American Academy of Ophthalmology) suggests, when using screens for long periods of time, that every 20 minutes you should look at an object at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. This is supposed to help the muscles in your eyes relax and should reduce eye strain.
5. Use Eye Drops/Artificial Tears
If you tend to have dry eyes when you use a screen for very long, it’s best to use eye drops to combat this. Keeping your eyes moist helps them move easier and makes you more comfortable while you work. This is especially true if you use contact lenses. Dry contacts can cause other discomfort or damage to your eyes if not kept moist, so eye drops may be a necessity if you use contact lenses.
6. Switch Between Glasses and Contact Lenses
Speaking of contact lenses, you may want to consider not wearing them once in a while, especially if you’ve been struggling with digital eye strain. Switching to your prescription glasses for a day or two can help ease the stress on your eyes so you can keep working at a screen without your eyes being as dry or tired.
Eye Care for Long Periods of Screen Time
Now let’s talk about blue light blockers. You may have heard of them - glasses that people wear while using screens for long periods of time. Blue light blockers are specially crafted to protect your eyes when you’re spending hours on your computer every day.
But how do the blue light blockers help? Well, the lenses are treated with special coatings to help block blue light rays. Blue light isn’t necessarily bad - in fact, we’re around blue light all of the time. The strongest source of blue light is actually the sun.
The thing is, with everyone spending more time on devices that emit blue light rays, our eyes are exposed to more blue light than they used to be. And because we can view devices at any time of the day or night, our eyes can get worn out from all the blue light. In spite of blue light causing strain and tiredness, the blue light can also cause problems with sleeping by exposing our eyes to blue light at night when the sun is down.
This is where the blue light blockers come in. By limiting your eyes’ exposure to blue light from your devices, the blue light blockers help you avoid digital eye strain caused by blue light. And by wearing your blue light blockers when you use devices before bed, you’ll help your body’s circadian rhythms stay normal so you can get a better night of sleep.
There is some debate about whether or not blue light blockers work as well as claimed, but many people who use blue light blockers regularly do report an improvement in their eye strain, sleep, and headaches. And we here at Davis Vision Center recommend using blue light blockers when you’re spending extended periods of time in front of screens.
How Davis Vision Can Help with Your Work From Home Eye Care
During this time, we all need to help where we can. Even if we have to limit our normal surgeries and exams for the time being, we still want you to know that we’re here in Utah to give you the best eye care possible. So, to help you protect your eyes while you’re working from home, we’re now offering a package deal - blue light blockers and Retaine eye drops for $25.00.
This is a great price for a great product, considering that other companies sell blue light blockers for anywhere from $50 to $100. We can promise you high quality glasses for a lower price, plus you can pick up your blue light blockers with our curbside service so you don’t have to wait for them to be delivered. If you’re ready to try blue light blockers, try them at a lower price from Davis Vision Center. Call us about your eye care in Utah at 1-801-253-3080.