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COVID-19: Protect Your Eyes From Too Much Screen Time

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You and your children are probably spending more time on mobile devices and computer screens than ever before. Too much time spent staring at screens can cause computer vision syndrome, or digital eye strain. This can be very uncomfortable and can cause:

  • Headaches
  • Eyestrain
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Insomnia
  • Tiredness

Useful tips to help you and your children:  

Blink more! 

We tend to blink much less when spending time on any computer device or reading print material.  This can also cause your eyes to become dry.  You may need to make a conscious effort to blink and then to make it a habit when focusing on a screen.  That will keep your eyes healthy and lubricated.

Follow the 20-20-20 Rule 

Give your eyes a break every 20 minutes by looking at an object located 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Doing so will allow your eyes to relax and will give both you and your eyes some rest.

Keep your distance

Your eyes work harder to see close up than at a distance. Try keeping your monitor or screen at arm’s length, or about 25 inches away.


The amount of light around you, and around your device, should be about the same as the amount of light coming out of the screen. Looking at a bright screen in a dark room can cause eye strain. 

Take breaks from the screen

Schedule the amount of time you and your children are ‘screen free’, such as meal times or for several hours throughout the day. Engage in hobbies that don't require a screen, such as drawing, reading books, doing puzzles, playing an instrument or cooking (among many others).

Don't use devices before bed

Studies show that blue light may affect your body’s circadian rhythm, also known as the natural wake and sleep cycle. Stop using screens 1 to 2 hours before bedtime, or use nighttime settings to minimize blue light exposure.

It may take some planning to protect you and your family’s eyes during this stressful time.  Find a good balance that works for you and your family. 

From all of us at Family Eye Care in Old Bridge, NJ we hope you stay healthy and safe.