Viewing Screens From Near Distance

How does viewing screens from near distance affect you?

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Viewing objects from near distance can put more strain on your eyes - especially when you’re focusing on something for a long period of time.

What’s more, your eyes have to put in more effort when you read from a screen. That’s because what you see is made up of pixels, tiny areas of color that form the whole image. Your eyes have to constantly focus and relax to read pixels, which puts more stress on our eye muscles.

Tired eyes from normal daily computer use have been linked to mental fatigue and difficulty concentrating.

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Here are 5 easy steps you can take to reduce your risk of computer eye strain:  

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1. Apply the 20-20-20 rule

A good way to give your eyes some rest is the 20-20-20 rule, which recommends that people using digital devices should look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds, every 20 minutes. Using Google Chrome? Check out our extension which makes it easier to stick to the 20-20-20 rule

2. Sit an arm’s length away from your computer screen

Experts recommend that we should sit a “high-five” away from our monitors. The center of your screen should also be 4 to 8 inches lower than eye level.

3. Remember to blink

We have a habit of forgetting to blink when we’re engaged in digital work. In fact, our blink rate drops by a third when we’re reading on screens, which can leave our eyes dry and irritated.

4. Use proper lighting

Your monitor’s brightness should match your surrounding workspace brightness. Try to avoid excessive bright light from outdoor sunlight and reduce any harsh interior lighting to eliminate glare and prevent eye strain.

5. Buy a pair of computer glasses

At LUMES we offer blue light blocking glasses that come with virtually transparent anti-glare lenses. They filter high-energy light up to 420nm and minimize glare, so your eyes feel more relaxed and don’t have to work as hard. LUMES lenses are virtually clear and color perception is not affected. You can check out our range using the link below.

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