Did you know that more than 30% of adults spend 9 or more hours per day staring at a digital device such as a computer monitor, or tablet? (Fine… I will admit to up to 12. Don’t judge me.) It’s more important than ever as an entrepreneur that you take excellent care of your eyes so that you can prevent digital eye strain. And so you can rock your business as hard as I do…
What is Digital Eye Stain?
Have you been experiencing blurred vision, squinting at your screen, headaches, or dry eyes? These are common symptoms of digital eye strain and they are caused by prolonged usage of a digital device. If you’re spending more than 2 hours at your computer at a time (and I know you are), it’s likely that you’ve experienced one or more of these symptoms at some point.
Why does it matter?
As a business owner and especially as a graphic designer, my eyes are arguably one of my most important business tools (and my prettiest!). This is a big reason that it’s important for me to take care of them. On a more personal level… I am legally blind in my right eye. I can see light, but cannot discern one figure from the next. Basically, it’s all a very dark blur. It’s extremely important that I take extra special care of my left eye and make sure that it has a long, healthy lifespan. I’m in my early 30s and hopefully that means that I’m going to need my eyes for quite a few more years.
Like most entrepreneurs, I spend a lot of hours at my desk (probably too many). I put a lot of strain on my eyes, and I’ve had to make some small lifestyle changes that have made a big impact on how my eyes feel towards the end of each work day.
Top 5 Ways to ease digital eye strain
1. Take regular breaks. We spend so much time staring at our screens without so much as looking up for a break! Set alarms in 20-30 minute intervals to remind you to look away from your screen to look around the room or area you’re in.
2. Sit at the appropriate distance from your computer monitor. Too many people sit too close, or too far away from their screens. Your screen should be anywhere from 20-26 inches away from you in a comfortable sitting position.
3. Personalize your display settings. There’s no shame in adjusting the size of your text. Making it larger makes it easier for you to read and will cause a lot less strain on your eyes (and possibly your sanity). Make sure your screen isn’t ultra bright.
4. Remember to blink regularly. A strange phenomenon occurs when using a digital device – we often forget to blink. This results in dryness of the eyes and causes irritation.
5. Get regular eye exams & new glasses. Making sure your prescription is up to date is extremely helpful and aids in preventing eye strain. Your eye doctor should be able to evaluate your eyes and check for symptoms of digital eye strain as well.
Glasses don’t have to be expensive
Remember how I mentioned that I’m blind in one eye? Well, the one I’m left with isn’t stellar either. This is my current prescription for my left eye:
-7.75 (Sphere) | -1.75 (Cylinder) | 158 (Axis)
Yes, this means that not only am I nearsighted… I am very nearsighted. I have a strong prescription that thanks to modern technology is no longer quite as expensive to produce eyeglasses for… but this wasn’t always the case. I used to live in fear of going to the eye doctor knowing that I could easily spend $300+ on a pair of single vision eyeglasses.
Thanks to companies like GlassesShop, I can purchase eyeglasses online (even prescription sunglasses!) and do so affordably. They have a wide selection of frame styles suited for every face shape. I personally love that I can sort through their selection to find my signature frame style in a variety of colors. Plus being so affordable, it’s meant that I can show pride in being an eyeglasses wearer and buy multiple – using them as an accessory!
You no longer need to live in fear of taking care of your eyes and keeping your prescription up to date. In fact, I care about this so much that I have collaborated with GlassesShop and they have provided a promo code that you can use to get 50% off all eyeglasses and sunglasses with free lenses (excluding frames already on sale).
Use promo code GSHOT50 at checkout to take advantage of this promotion.