Five Secrets to Preventing TV Eye Strain

If you spend a significant portion of your day staring at computer screen or flipping through television channels with your remote, it can have an impact on your eyes. Eye fatigue is responsible for about 10 million primary care visits each year, but, luckily, the condition is rarely serious.

For television watchers and computer users who may feel a little discomfort, the following tips can relieve eye strain:

  • Keep your distance – Avoid sitting too close to your television or computer. Staying 20-26 inches away from your computer screen and eight feet or more back from your television will help reduce eye fatigue.
  • Get plenty of sleep – Insufficient sleep keeps your body from resting and repairing itself, resulting in greater eye fatigue. Make sure you get your six to eight hours each night.
  • Keep eye drops on hand – Refreshing your eyes with eye drops will help alleviate eye fatigue symptoms.
  • Observe the 20/20/20 rule – Every 20 minutes, look away from the screen at an object about 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
  • Take a break – Regularly get up from your desk or couch and look at something other than a computer monitor or television screen.

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