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March 2019

Smart tips for reducing screen-related eyestrain

(NC) How much screen time have you had today?

According to research by Essilor, 72 per cent of Canadian adults spend seven or more hours in front of three different electronic devices per day. A full 90 per cent of them reported at least one eye-related problem linked to digital devices last year.

While smartphones, tablets and computers have become an essential, unavoidable part of our personal and professional lives, there are smart ways to reduce the impact of screen-induced eyestrain:

Take a break. If you’re using a computer for an extended period, give your eyes a rest by looking away from your monitor. Try the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.

Distance yourself. Just as your parents told you not to sit too close to the TV, it’s important to maintain a healthy distance between you and your electronic device. Ensure that all screens (including your phone) are at least at arm’s distance from your face.

Brighten up. After a long day at work, it’s nice to dim the lights, pour yourself a drink and watch some Netflix. However, it’s much easier on your eyes if you keep the room softly lit.

Don’t be left in the dark. Do you suffer from headaches or other symptoms after excessive screen time? It may be time to get glasses or update your prescription. Not only can an eyecare professional correct your vision and help you understand the impact of screen time, but regular comprehensive eye exams can lead to early detection of health issues, including diabetes, cancer and even high blood pressure. You can find a qualified eyecare professional at

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