Of our five senses — sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch, sight seems to be our dominant sense. On a daily basis, we rely so much on our vision. In fact, 80% of our sensory impressions are registered through our eyes. However, with the advent of technology, as we are looking at our screen for at least a third of our day, our eyes are more prone to fatigue.
Here are four eye care tips, according to Bowtie:
1. The perfect setup
When you sit in front of a computer for a long time, make sure to position your computer at the best level and maintain a good posture.
Place your monitor slightly lower than eye level and maintain a 45-75cm viewing distance. Make sure room lighting is not too bright or too dim, as an excessively bright or dark environment can lead to eye strain and headaches. Additionally, if you notice yourself squinting, just increase your font size. It can help reduce some of the stress on your eyes.
2. The 20/20/20 rule
Take a break from the screen every 20 minutes and focus on another object at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds. In the office, you may step away from your desk and go get a glass of water. For those who work from home, you may create certain technology-free zones. After the end of the day, truly unplug, meaning no scrolling through social media or watching TV dramas.
3. Consider blue block spectacle lenses
Your eyes have not evolved to process blue light well so adds an extra amount of strain on your eyes.
Blue block glasses target blue light wavelengths associated with digital eye strain (400-430nm), reducing exposure by as much as 85%.
But before getting a pair, do a little research and establish if the product truly does what it says.
4. Understanding dark mode
Since Android and iOS smartphones enable dark mode (a colour scheme using light coloured text and icons on dark background on phones or computers), it has become popular, especially among the younger generation.
Contrary to common belief, dark mode is not foolproof. While using the colour scheme can extend battery life, reduce blue light exposure, and avoid the irritating glare from the screen light, it may be more difficult for some people to clearly spot details. It comes down to the personal experience of the user.
To understand more about how to take care of your eyes, mark your calendars and RSVP right away to this upcoming eye care webinar hosted by Bowtie and Optical 88. On 25 February, Dr. Emily Choy, a registered optometrist and group senior business director at Optical 88, will share her top tips, and those who join the event are entitled to a 45-minute eye examination for free.