Eye Health

After Staring at screens all day it is bound to take it's toll on our eyes. This can lead to headaches, tired, dry eyes and blurry vision. Digital Eyestrain is something that no teacher wants. If you change how you use smartphones, computers, tablets, and other screens, you can keep from straining your eyes. Here are some steps to avoid too much strain on the eyes.

  • Make sure your computer screen is about 25 inches, or an arm's length, away from your face. The center of the screen should be about 10-15 degrees below eye level.

  • Cut glare by using a matte screen filter. You can find them for all types of computers, phones, and tablets.

  • Follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at an object at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.

  • Take a longer break of about 15 minutes after every 2 hours you spend on your devices.

  • Use artificial tears to refresh your eyes when they feel dry.

  • Blink More Often

  • Make sure the lighting in the room you’re in is bright enough. You don’t want your device to be brighter than the surroundings.

  • If you wear contact lenses, give your eyes a break by wearing your glasses.

  • Get regular eye exams. You might need to use a different pair of glasses when you’re working on a computer.

Adjust Your Devices

You can also make sure your devices are set for eye health.

  • Raise the contrast on your screen.

  • Make text larger.

  • Change the brightness of the screen. It shouldn’t be lighter or darker than your surroundings.

  • Lower the color temperature of your screen. That means it will give off less blue light, which is linked to more eyestrain.

  • Raise the device’s refresh rate. That will cause less flickering of the screen.

The information on this website is for general information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease.

The sole purpose of this site is to serve as a resource of online ESL teachers. To educate and promote safe occupational health measures that to enhance the teaching experience.