Tips to avoid eye damage while studying
Australian kids could be spending an average of three hours a day in front of screens. Eye strain has the potential to harm eyes, so here are a few ways people can protect their eyes while studying.
Greg McPherson, General Manager of Bupa Optical, says a key rule to remember is:
"Every 20 minutes, look 20 feet (six metres) away, for 20 seconds. This minimises eye strain and fatigue and allows the eyes to relax.”
That’s a tip that I’ll certainly be using with my kids, but it’s also applicable for anyone who works in front of a computer all day.
Here are some other tips that can help:
- Ensure good, even lighting (try to avoid shadows, glare, reflections, or dark spots on the screen).
- Every 20 minutes, look 20 feet (6 metres) away for 20 seconds.
- Take regular breaks from reading and homework to give your eyes a rest – look out the window, or go for a walk or play.
- Maintain a working distance of around 35 centimetres between you and your device or book. Sit as far back from the TV as possible and practicable.
- Limit the amount of time spent on a computer, and take a break for five to 10 minutes at least once every hour. Again, look out the window, or go outside to change the focusing distance of the eyes.
- Computer screens should be positioned slightly below eye level, which is the most comfortable position of gaze for the eyes.
- The font should be big enough that you don’t have to strain to see it.
- Screen time should be limited to a maximum of two hours at a time (this includes computers and laptops, TV, video games, smart phones, tablets, etc).