Increased screen time causing eyestrain

Local News
February 07 2021 06:00 pm

Learning and working from home has forced people to stay longer on their electronics essentially leading to eyestrain.

According to an Optometrist at Peña Institute, people tend to blind 60% less when hooked on a computer or cell phone leading to dryness in the eyes.


“Some people will start to notice burning, tearing, their eyes will feel heavy or tired especially when kids don’t relay that information they’ll notice they’ll start rubbing their eyes or notice when they look up their eyes are red,” said Optometrist Sandra Flores.

Taking breaks away from the computer throughout the day, especially if you’re working eight hours shifts, is recommended.

” The 20-20-20 rule… every 20 minutes taking a 20 second break to look at something 20 feet away so a kid on their computer doing their homework can look at a clock across the room and that can help decrease the fatigue and dryness, ” said Flores.

She adds, staying away from your electronics at least 30 minutes before going to sleep will help you sleep faster stating looking at your phone before going to sleep makes you stay awake longer and more alert.

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