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5 Tips for Protecting Your Eyes From Technology


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Do you pick up your phone first thing in the morning, sit in front of a laptop all day at work and finally end the day watching Netflix? Like so many of us, your eyes are probably feeling exhausted. Constant exposure to blue light not only affects our vision but also our body. This can cause changes to our body’s clock and can lead to various conditions such as dry and tired eyes, blurry vision, difficulty focusing and sometimes even progressive loss of vision. Here Dr Anurag Mathur, Specialist Ophthalmologist at Aster Clinic, Bur Dubai shares his top tips for protecting your eyes.

Avoid overexposure. Adults should try to use technology as less as possible. For kids, the recommended screen time is just 30 to 45 minutes a day.

Blue light filters on mobiles. A majority of today’s phones come with a blue light filter setting. Enabling this on your phone lets you filter out blue light and adjust the warmth of the colors on your display.

Blue light blocking technology. If you are a person that uses tech heavily, consider getting spectacles with blue light blocking technology.

Lubricating drops. Your eyes tend to get dry when you focus on screens for too long. Lubricating drops are sold over the counter that you can use based on how dry the eye is. If the problem persists, it’s best to get your eyes tested by an ophthalmologist.

The 20/20/20 rule. The famous rule says that for every 20 minutes spent looking at a screen, one should look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This gives your eyes time to recover and lets you take frequent breaks from constant screen time.

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