Lighting and Eye Strain

“Turn on a light or you’ll hurt your eyes.”

 

You probably read that with your parents’ voices in your head. And while reading in dim light won’t damage your eyesight, it can lead to eye strain.

 

Eye strain is the result of performing any task that requires our eyes to focus in low or poor lighting. It’s an issue regarding eye care for the whole family, as people can suffer from eye strain working in an office setting where sitting in front of a computer is part of the job.

 

And eye strain can lead to headaches, a sore neck, back or shoulders, blurred or double vision, watery or dry eyes, and even light sensitivity.

 

It’s important for adult and child eye care to make minor changes around the home and office in order to combat eye strain.

 

At school, home, or work, it’s important to use less harsh, fluorescent lighting and instead use lamps, which are more controlled lighting sources. Also, be cognizant of glare coming from a window or screen as glare can lead to eye strain.

 

And regardless of whether we are at home, school, or work, make sure to limit screen time on computers, phones, tablets, and TVs. This becomes especially important in the evenings when there’s less natural light.

 

When doing any work on a computer, it’s important to take breaks every 10-20 minutes and focus on something else for several seconds.

 

If you are experiencing eye strain, contact Pycraft Family Eye Care, your Wooster family eye care specialist.