Eye strain and long-term eye damage from ‘blue light’, emitted by digital devices are real concerns today. According to Dr Jeffrey Anshel, author of the book ‘Smart Medicine for Your Eyes’, spending most waking hours with our gadgets can cause significant eye problems, besides health issues like disturbed sleep and even diabetes.Yet, millions rely on the iPad for any form of media consumption.
Does that mean giving up on your gadget time? Not necessarily! Just follow these useful tips which will help prevent vision problems and other long-term health issues.
Here are some handy tips to reduce digital eye strain for iPad users.
- Adjust display settings
Always be aware of the lighting in your room. Just make sure your room is appropriately lit. You can always change the brightness of your screens under Settings -> Display and Brightness to reduce excessive glare. It’s imperative that your screen brightness should match your surroundings.
- Use the night shift feature
If you possess an iPad Pro, iPad Air or later, iPad mini 2 or later, and iPod touch (6th generation), there’s an amazing setting called Night Shift which reduces ‘blue light’. This lets you manually or automatically change your display towards a warmer, yellower spectrum and reduces eye strain and disturbed sleep patterns. In the beginning, though you might have difficulty adjusting to this display, but trust us, you would be thankful for its effect on your eyesight and health in the long run.
- Anti-reflective glasses are the best
For those wearing glasses, you can always opt for lenses with anti-reflective coating to reduce strain on your eyes. These reduce glare by minimizing the amount of light that is reflected off the surface of your eyeglass lenses.
- The 20/20/20 Rule
Dr Anshel stresses on the 20/20/20 Rule to avoid a digital eye. It’s very interesting and simple too. All you’ve got to do is this! While working on your iPad, every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away for about 20 seconds. This allows your eyes to refocus and to continue your task with added vigour.
- Anti-glare screen filter
Use an anti-glare screen filter for your iPad to protect your eyes from glare when you are outdoors. There’s plenty of these available on sites like Amazon and the best part is, they are affordable too.
- Undergo annual eye exam
The best way to prevent eye damage from blue light is to keep a tab of your eye health with regular eye examinations.
Remember, prevention is always better than cure. iPads, iPhones are here to stay and we all love using them. With the six points we’ve talked about, you can continue to use and benefit from your smart screen device, hassle free!