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Smartphones, laptops, and other devices are a big part of our lives today, and while they help us do everything from working to staying connected to loved ones to shopping, they’re not doing anything to protect your eyesight. Staring at the screen for extended periods of time can cause computer vision syndrome, which is marked by eye strain, blurred vision, headaches, and dry eyes. “Take frequent breaks during the day by way of the 20-20-20 rule,” says Morgan Statt, a Health & Safety Advocate at consumersafety.org in Syracuse, New York. “Every 20 minutes, look away at something else for 20 seconds that’s at least 20 feet away,” to give your eyes a break from using your near vision. This is why you have tired eyes after a long work day.
Face the A/C away from your eyesNiran Phonruang/Shutterstock
“Blasting your A/C directly on your face may feel good on a hot summer day, but it can wreak havoc on your eyes,” Statt says. The dry air zaps away natural moisture on the surface of your eyes. To protect eyesight, she says, point the air vents away from your face.