The average American spends more than seven hours looking at a screen daily. Save Your Vision Month is a great time to decrease eye strain, maintain eye health, and save your vision by cutting screen time with these small changes:
- Follow the 20-20-20 rule, giving your eyes a break every 20 minutes for a minimum of 20 seconds to scan the room 20 feet away.
- Sit at arm's length (25 inches) from your screen.
- Blink often.
- Adjust screen settings.
- Reduce glare with a matte filter on your screen.
When to Get an Eye Exam
Eye exams are not only important to correcting your vision needs but also protecting the health of your eyes. During the series of eye tests, your eye healthcare provider checks for problems that develop over time and determine if you are a higher risk for certain eye disorders.
Eye examination intervals are determined by age and risk factors. The American Optometric Association provides recommended examination frequencies for pediatric and adult patients, along with factors that can place you at significant risk for eye and vision problems.