The pandemic  has restricted our movement. We are all stuck in front of screens for work , connecting with friends or simply unwinding and distracting ourselves. Kids are and will be for a while in front of screens for online schooling.

New estimates according to CNN suggested that adults are spending 13 hours a day in front of a screen and some more in front of TVs and reading. Visual Ergonomics is a multidisciplinary science used to describe methods on how we understand and see the world around us. The aim of this method is to prevent the development of visual problems such as eye strain, headaches, blurry vision, any errors, accidents, or injury.

Here are some tips on how to practice good visual habits:

  • Make sure to follow your eye treatments and always wear your glasses as prescribed.
  • Follow the 20/20/20 rule when studying, reading, or working on a computer. Add a sticky note beside you reminding every 20 minutes to look at an object at least 20 feet away for minimum of 20 seconds.
  • The top of your screen should be in line with your eyes.
  • Remember that sitting upright is very essential when reading and writing.
  • Keep 6 to 8 feet distance when watching TV, and make sure you are sitting comfortably upright in order to maintain good posture.
  • Use a slant board for reading and writing.  This tool helps bring the line of vision higher, which encourages looking down to promote an upright posture.
  • Don’t forget to blink. Bright screens make us blink much less causing eyes to feel dry and irritated. We can train ourselves to blink more by blinking consciously. If you are already feeling the symptoms of dry eye, artificial tears are recommended.