October is a month filled with various observances, and one important observance that often goes unnoticed is Computer Learning Month. As eye care professionals, you are well aware of the impact that extensive screen time can have on our patients' eyes, leading to Computer Vision Syndrome. This condition is becoming increasingly common due to the digitalization of our lives. It is crucial that as eye doctors, you educate our patients about this condition and offer them solutions to mitigate its effects.
Strategies to Prevent Computer Vision Syndrome
Advocate the 20-20-20 rule: Encourage your patients to take a 20-second break every 20 minutes and focus on something 20 feet away. This simple exercise can significantly reduce eyestrain.
Adjust screen settings: Advise your patients to adjust their screen brightness and contrast to comfortable levels. A screen that is too bright or too dim can exacerbate eyestrain.
Promote frequent blinking: Blinking moistens the eyes, preventing dryness and irritation. Remind your patients to make a conscious effort to blink more frequently when using digital devices.
Optimize screen position: The computer screen should be 15 to 20 degrees below eye level (about 4 or 5 inches) as measured from the center of the screen and 20 to 28 inches from the eyes. Inform your patients about the optimal screen position to minimize strain.
Recommend computer glasses: Computer glasses are specially designed to reduce eyestrain associated with computer use. They reduce glare, increase contrast, and optimize vision for the computer screen's distance.
Special Promotion: Discount on Computer Glasses
In recognition of Computer Learning Month, consider offering a special discount on computer glasses. This promotion will incentivize your patients to invest in their eye health and, at the same time, boost your practice's optical sales.