Since the pandemic started, most companies and schools, if not all, have shifted to a virtual setup. Virtual meetings, online learning, and digital transactions – these are just some of the alternative setups established due to the coronavirus pandemic.
This resulted to an increased screening time of the workers and students.
So, how do you take good care of your eyes amid the new normal?
Here’s what we can learn from Dr. Bryan Tan, one of the ophthalmologists in the University of Cebu Medical Center (UCMed).
Q: How many hours can we consider as safe screening time?
Dr. Tan: There is no specific number of hours we can consider as safe screening time. Each individual varies on how long they can endure screen time. We should follow the Philippine Society of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus guideline, the 20-20-20 rule, which means after 20-minute screen time, rest for 20 seconds, and look at objects at least 20 feet away.
Q: What to do after using your PC, laptop, or phone device?
Dr. Tan: I always tell my patients to get up and walk around for at least 5 minutes after using their gadgets to allow their eyes enough rest time.
Q: Is it safe to wash your face after using your PC, laptop, or phone?
Dr. Tan: Yes.
Q: Should you wear your glasses while using your PC, laptop, or phone?
Dr. Tan: Yes. To make it simple, if you see clearly from afar and near with your glasses on, then you should wear them. For most nearsighted people nearing the age of 40, it may be clearer for them to read near work without glasses.
Q: Does spending long hours facing your device cause dry eyes?
Dr. Tan: Yes, for sure. There are a lot of factors that can cause dry eyes, such as if you are facing the fan or AC, infrequent blinking, and lack of rest.
Q: How to treat dry eyes?
Dr. Tan: The first line of treatments is eye lubricants (over-the-counter drops are available). We should also look at why you have dry eyes in the first place for definitive treatment.