I have a bit if a love-hate relationship with the whole ZOOM phenomenon.
In many ways it has been a blessing during the pandemic. Meeting via ZOOM is definitely not the same as meeting in person, but it’s allowed millions of kids to (sort of) keep up with their school work, and millions more like me to (sort of) keep up with our professional responsibilities.
But it does have some drawbacks, and a significant one is eye strain. And since it’s not going away any time soon, we need to figure out how to live with it without damaging our eyesight.
Here’s a checklist to keep your eyes safe:
- Keep to the 20-20-20 rule. For every 20 minutes in front of the screen, look 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.
- Use night mode. As it gets later in the day, it will block some of the blue light.
- Check on your kids. Too much blue light exposure will cut in on their sleep.
- Use eye drops, especially if you’re spending up to 8 hours a day in front of a screen.
- Get prescription glasses made specifically for screen time. Insurance will often cover the cost.
And if you’re still having problems with your eyes after following these rules, please go and see your eye doctor!
Randy Stein, CEO