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How to Protect Your Eyes in a Screen-Obsessed World

Working from home? Protect your peepers from too much screen time.

In our rapidly evolving digital world, working from home has become the new normal for many of us. With this shift, our screen time has skyrocketed. When we stare at a screen, be it the computer, tablet, smartphone, or television, we tend to blink less. This causes dry eyes, which can be interpreted as eye strain and tiredness. 

Best Practice Eyecare, located in Golden Beach, Sunshine Coast, is led by a leading ophthalmologist who frequently emphasises the importance of protecting our eyes in our tech-centric environment. The surge in digital dependency amplifies the importance of being proactive about our eye health.

When we talk about screen time, we’re not just referring to those hours spent on work-related tasks. The binge-watching sessions, social media scrolling, and even the e-books we read before bedtime all add up. If your eyes feel tired or dry, follow the 20-20-20 rule and use ocular lubricants regularly and ointment at bedtime.

Shielding Our Eyes

Protection doesn’t always mean shying away from screens. It’s about adopting measures to safeguard our eyes in this digital age. Here are some expert-recommended practices from Best Practice Eyecare:


  • 20-20-20 Rule: Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 6 metres (20 feet) away. This practice helps reduce eye strain by changing the focal length and increasing your blink rate to prevent your eyes from drying out. 
  • Adjust Your Workspace: Ensure that your screen is at eye level and that there’s proper lighting in your room. Eliminate any glare on your screen from windows or lights.
  • Regular Eye Check-ups: Make a point to visit your optometrist regularly.If you have concerns about your eye health ask for a referral to Dr Karpa and his team.
  • Embracing Outdoor Activities: Nature has its own way of healing, and it’s no different for our eyes. Spending time outdoors, especially in green spaces offers a break from screens and provides the eyes with a broader range of views, reducing eye strain. It is important to remember to always wear a hat and protective eyewear when doing outdoor activities.
  • Stay Informed: Awareness is a significant step in protection. 
  • Remember: Always wear your sunglasses and a hat outside and protective eyewear when doing activities such as gardening or using electric tools. 

According to Best Practice Eyecare’s extensive resources, understanding the causes of symptoms associated with excessive screen time can make all the difference. They offer a wealth of information on eye conditions, treatments, and preventative measures.

By integrating simple habits into our daily routine and staying informed through reputable sources like Best Practice Eyecare, we can navigate the digital age without discomfort from our eyes drying out. Your eyes are your window to the world – ensure they receive the care they deserve.

Love your eyes. Get them checked.

Best Practice Eyecare Ophthalmologists

Based on the Sunshine Coast, we provide ophthalmologist, eye care and surgical services of the highest standard. We treat and manage a wide range of eye conditions including cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration and more.

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