Save My Eyes From the Computer! 3 Easy Fixes to Reduce Eye Strain Symptoms
Spending long hours on the computer is bound to affect our eyes, and not in a good way. Blue light from the computer screen or laptop screen or iPod screen can stress our eyes, making them bloodshot, strained and tired. So, what can we do about it? For many of us, our computer is our bread and butter. For others, it’s a part of our life, like breathing and we just can’t stop our interaction with technology.
Because the light emitted from these devices is in the blue spectrum, it’s particularly disrupting to our cortisol/melatonin daily rhythm. Especially at night, blue light is upsetting to our daily hormonal rhythms, which affects all the areas of our life.
There is a program called F.LUX that changes the color of your computer screen from blue light to red light, matching the sunrise and sunset and following the sun’s daily color spectrum.
In the early morning, the sun emits more red light and less blue light. By mid-day, the sun emits more blue light and less red light. Then, in the evening, the spectrum of the sun is mostly red again and less blue.
If you spend a lot of time on the computer, it may be a good idea to install this free program. Try it out and see if it can help save your eyes and help you sleep better at night.
In case you haven’t heard of the 20/20/20 rule, to help save your eyes, here it is:
Every 20 minutes, look away from your laptop or computer screen for 20 seconds and fix your eyes on an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. (You may have to look out your window to focus on something that far away.)
This practice may not only serve to rest your eyes, it may help to remind you that there is a world out there besides the one inside of your computer. And guess what? —there’s a program for this, too.
We saved the best fix for last: NAC Eyedrops
These eye drops stop eye degeneration, to the extent that some users claim they improve vision back to their normal 20/20. They are effective in reducing eye strain and bloodshot eyes.
NAC, a precursor to glutathione, is a powerful antioxidant (N-acetyl-carnosine) which protects the active ingredients from glycation.