Your vision and the rundown on ‘digital detox’

a father and daughter using a digital tablet together at home

It may not involve food or drink, but the latest detoxification trend sweeping the globe does involve something most of us consume in excess — and it hits us square in the eyes.

It’s called digital detox, and some may think of it as the ultimate luxury. More people, seeking to reclaim a life balance, are taking a break from digital devices for reasons that range from distraction-free family time to improved eye health.

Try as we might, however, certain circumstances, like work, could prevent a complete power-down. But that doesn’t mean we can’t adapt our habits and avoid the potential effects of digital overexposure.

Experts recommend trying these tips:1,2

  • Take frequent breaks: Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds
  • Reduce overhead light to cut down on glare
  • Double check your posture to make sure there’s enough space between you and your computer, and that eyes are gazing slightly downward
  • Increase text sizes to add contrast
  • Stay hydrated: Drink water, break out your humidifier or use artificial tears to help when eyes feel dry

There are some lenses on the market that may help, too, like anti-reflective lenses, blue light lenses or those featuring magnification.

Talk with your eye doctor if you’re concerned about your digital habits. He or she can guide you in selecting both functional and fashionable options to relieve symptoms of digital eye strain.