Survival manual for your eyes while you're still locked up at home

The days put at home, the days of teleworking and the hours we spend on social media and in the kitchen kneading bread. And between some things and others we do not realize that both our leisure and the information we receive from the world reaches us thanks to our eyes. It is time to listen to them or we will end up like Joaquin Phoenix, wearing sunglasses even indoors. With these tips you will ensure that your eyes are not the great victims of our confinement due to the coronavirus.

Do we have to protect them from blue light?

We confess it, we have increased our hours in front of the mobile and the rest of electronic devices in an alarming way. And at the same time, advice on the good idea that you would use lenses to filter blue light or screen protectors to avoid damage to the eyes. But are these gadgets really necessary?

"We know that in the long term blue light can be detrimental to routine and affects the lens, which ends up taking on a yellowish color precisely to protect itself from it. But what it is not demonstrated is that the use of the screens produces any type of deterioration. And considering that there are billions of people using the screens every day, if one in 100,000 or 10,000 people had suffered damage, then we would have already detected it, "says the Dr. José Luis Ramos, ophthalmologist and Medical Director of Clínica Baviera Málaga.

In conclusion: in principle you don't need to wear a protector blue light screen on your tablet or mobile. In fact, the greatest danger from screens and the unbridled consumption we are making of them during confinement is not that. Keep reading.

Watching the lighting in the rooms if you are on your mobile is a good idea to protect your eyes.

Time to keep an eye on the hours you spend on your mobile

We go from computer to mobile, from mobile to TV, from TV to tablet … and this it is the tiring exercise circuit that the muscles of our eyes are doing during the closure by the coronavirus. Even if you do not realize it, it is as if throughout the day you were lifting the same dumbbell with your arm over and over and over… Before, at least, you looked in the distance while driving or walked down the street, which relaxes the eye muscles but now you spend all day looking closely.

Focus our attention on the screens for eight or nine hours a day causes a series of symptoms associated with eye fatigue due to two reasons: dryness produced by flicker reduction and constant muscle effort that we force the eye muscles to focus.

The first problem can be annoying, but it does not cause long-term damage and easily combats with artificial tears that are bought in any pharmacy. "These products have components that resemble natural tears and one more component that helps the tear stay attached to the surface of the eye to hydrate it. What is useless is pouring serum because the serum only wets, it does not hydrate ”, explains the expert.

Have a little visual exercise

The other problem requires that you like to look out the window. "By always looking closely the eye muscles must achieve accommodation and convergence and that muscular effort of fixing the view to distances less than 50 cm translates into fatigue"Explains dr. José Luis Ramos. To solve it you have to follow these recommendations:

Every half hour or 20 minutes of effort you have to relax your eyes looking from afar, preferably through a window fixing the view to the distance, to the sky, to the clouds. Looking at distances above six meters relaxes to accommodation.

Video:Tips to avoid 'eyestrain'

If you are in the middle of the Elite marathon or the paper house, change positions on the sofa and occasionally look into the hallwayChanging the focus point of the vision also helps.

When you look at the mobile or tablet, place it, at a close range, 40-50 cm from the eyes and maintain adequate lighting in the room. And he tries not to consult these devices with the dark room (and much less in the dark) “because we force the eyes to adapt both the bright lighting of the mobile phone and the dark lighting of the environment at the same time, and there the eye does not know exactly what light to adapt and it can be very tiring. You have to adapt the ambient light on the screen or activate the automatic screen lighting mode ”, concludes dr. Ramos.

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