In today’s digital era, screens are intertwined in every part of our lives, be it education, work, or recreation. Our bond with technology has become inseparable, especially after the changes the pandemic brought to our daily routines. With students at BGS Tirupati School spending a significant amount of time in front of screens, the concerns about digital eye strain or computer vision syndrome are more valid than ever.
Understanding Digital Eye Strain
Before delving into protective measures, let’s understand the root causes and symptoms. Digital eye strain doesn’t merely stem from the duration of screen exposure but also from factors like brightness, contrast, and even posture.
Duration of Usage: Our lives revolve around screens, offering education, work, and even leisure, leading to extended periods of use.
Screen Glare: Glare from uncontrolled lighting can make it harder for the eyes to adjust and focus.
Improper Posture: Sitting improperly can not only cause neck and back issues but also force the eyes to work harder.
High Blue Light Emission: Digital devices emit blue light, which can tire the eyes when exposed for extended periods.
Symptoms to Watch Out For:
Dry or watery eyes.
Increased sensitivity to light.
Neck and shoulder discomfort.
Tips to Combat Digital Eye Strain at BGS Tirupati School
The 20-20-20 Rule: Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break to look at something 20 feet away. This simple habit gives the eyes a momentary break from the screen’s close-up focus.
Adjust Screen Brightness and Contrast: Ensure the screen brightness is in harmony with the surrounding ambient light. Utilize software solutions or device settings that can shift screen colours to warmer tones during the evening.
Correct Posture Matters: The top of the monitor or screen should be at or just below eye level, so you’re looking slightly downward when viewing the middle of the screen.
Anti-reflective Glasses: For those who already wear spectacles, consider lenses with anti-reflective coatings. They reduce glare by minimizing the amount of light reflecting off the lens surfaces.
Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water. It not only benefits overall health but also ensures your eyes are well-lubricated, reducing dryness and irritation.
Natural Light: If possible, position your study area near windows to benefit from natural light, reducing the reliance on screens for illumination.
Dietary Considerations: A diet rich in vitamins A, C, E, and minerals like copper and zinc can boost eye health. Foods like carrots, red peppers, broccoli, spinach, strawberries, sweet potato, and citrus are especially beneficial.
Regular Eye Check-ups: Encourage students to have annual eye exams to catch and rectify potential issues early.
Incorporating Balance at BGS Tirupati School
At BGS Tirupati School, we believe that while technology is an enabler, our responsibility lies in ensuring its holistic usage. As part of our commitment, we encourage students to participate in outdoor activities, physical exercises, and meditation – all of which provide a much-needed break from screens.
Digital eye strain, while a concern, is manageable with the right practices and knowledge. By integrating these habits into our students’ routines, we aim to foster a balanced approach to technology, where learning thrives, and health is not compromised.