If you spend your whole day using the computer and then go home and watch TV, your eyes will definitely start to feel the strain. Here are some simple tips to prevent eye strain while you watch TV.
• Keep the lights on.
We all love snuggling up in bed and watching TV with the lights off, but this is really bad for the eyes. Keep the lights on when you watch TV, so that your eyes don’t get tired.
• Take breaks.
Instead of keeping your eyes glued to the TV for hours on end, take frequent breaks to prevent eye strain. Blink often, and every time there is a commercial, get up and walk around for a few minutes. This will not only relax your eyes, but prevent back problems as well. While you are walking around, try to focus your eyes on objects that are far away.
• Reduce the glare.
Try to position yourself so that there is no glare on the screen. One way to do this is to ensure that the screen is at a 90˚ angle from any source of light. You can also wear anti-glare glasses to protect your eyes from the glare.
• Maintain the right distance.
You should be 8-10 feet away from your TV. It should be at the correct height, either at your eye level or just below it. You should never be looking up at it.
• Relieve the strain.
If your eyes feel strained after watching TV, there are certain things you can do to make them feel better. Massage your eyes gently, apply a hot compress on them or do some simple eye exercises. Make it a point to get 8 hours of sleep every night to rest your eyes.
• Upgrade your TV.
If you have been trying to convince your spouse that you’ll need a new TV, you finally have the perfect excuse! If you’re still using an older television, switch over to a flat screen one, since those give off less of a glare. Also, the bigger the better, since the larger the screen is the less your eyes have to strain to focus.