Is Too Much Screen Time Bad for Your Eyes?
Did you know the average adult spends approximately 11 hours per day in front of a screen of some sort, and typically checks their smartphone every ten minutes? If you are a parent, you likely try to limit screen time for your children. Limiting your own screen time, however, may seem challenging — especially since many individuals now participate in work and a variety of activities remotely (or “virtually”) as we navigate through a global pandemic. Unfortunately, excessive screen time can put a strain on the eyes, so we recommend trying a few of these tips to minimize your screen time throughout the day and improve your eye health:
- Do not keep your smartphone next to your bed. Many people who put their phone on their nightstand each night have a habit of scrolling through emails, texts, and/or social media before they go to bed, as well as first thing in the morning when they wake up. Keeping your phone in a different location can help limit how much time you spend looking at it, while also improving your quality of sleep. In the morning, try to make it a habit to get certain tasks completed before checking your phone, such as showering, brushing your teeth, and getting dressed.
- Reduce the amount of notification alerts you receive. Go into your smartphone’s app settings, and narrow down your notification alerts to help you avoid feeling the need to check your phone as often. Using “do not disturb” features during certain times of the day can also help you avoid spending too much time on your phone.
- Focus on your physical and mental health. Are you getting enough sleep? Are you exercising enough? Do you spend ample time outdoors? Do you pray or meditate regularly? By seeking to improve aspects of your life that can benefit your physical and mental health, you are more likely to engage in activities that do not require a screen, ultimately reducing your screen time.
In the end, limiting your screen time each day can not only reduce the strain on your eyes, but it can boost your mood and help you think more clearly, as well. However, if you notice your eyes still bother you, even with minimal screen time, do not hesitate to contact your eye doctor as soon as possible.
To learn more about how to keep your eyes healthy, or to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled eye doctors, please contact New Eyes today.