4 Ways To Protect Your Eyes From Screens As A Blogger

Hello, fellow conspiracy-theorists. (What do you mean you don’t believe in conspiracy theories? The truth is out there, Scully. Or is that to Mulder? Look, I don’t actually watch these pop culture things, I just re-reference them.) Today, we’re going to be talking about ways to protect your eyes from screens.

I’m not someone that spends too much time obsessing over their health; arguably, I should be because there are some definite things that I need to get sorted out like the adominal pain I’ve had for literally 5 years now.

That said, while I’m not all about thinking every cough is lung cancer and every headache is a tumour, I do care about my health and I make an effort to take preventative measures.

How To Protect Your Eyesight From Screens

One of the most important things to me? My eyes. Mainly because we live in a world that is not kind to the wee globes in our skulls – and we get one set to last us a lifetime. Seriously, take a think about how important our vision is. Imagine losing that. You’d literally lose the main way we experience the world. Not really a fan of that idea.

With the rise of technology, we spend a lot of time looking at screens. Especially as bloggers! I personally work on a computer all day then blog when I’m at home. Not great for the eyes is it? I know that a lot of people are in a similar boat to me – especially when you factor in mobile phones, tablets, TV, video games and whatever else. So I decided that, if I’m making an extra effort to protect my eyes from harm so I can still kick ass as a little 90 year old, I should share my top tips with you.

1. Blink (182. Sorry, I had an emo flashback there.)

Did you know that we should naturally blink around 20 times in a minute? That number sounds kind of high, right? Probably because we’re all so used to staring mindlessly into the glare of our computer screens for hours at a time like mindless zombies. As bloggers, think about how many screens you’re gazing into – checking up on social media throughout the day, quickly responding to comments, writing content. Not to mention the personal use! The issue with that?

Looking at a computer screen tricks our bodies into forgetting to blink.

Why is this bad? Well, blinking helps to maintain a layer of moisture over our eyeballs which help keep them lubricated and healthy. If we don’t blink as often as we’re meant to (and we’re staring into a bright screen) our eyes dry up. The solution to this?

Remind yourself to blink. Blink often. Sometimes blink slowly – like you’re falling asleep. But don’t rely on your body’s natural instincts to tell you to blink – because, when you’re looking into a screen, those urges are suppressed.

2. Blue-Light Blocking Glasses

 I started using these glasses as a way to tackle migraines as opposed to for the long-term eyesight benefits – and I wholeheartedly stand behind them for reducing headaches, and as one of many ways to reduce eye strain when you use computers regularly.

Now, here’s the thing – I’m not going to claim the blue-light is the worst thing in the world for you and hype it up like a lot of articles have been doing (without, may I add, that much scientific backing). So this is a rundown of the situation:

  • Screens emit blue light, which has been shown to possibly be the most harmful form of light for our eyes.
  • We’re now spending more time than ever looking at screens and exposing ourselves to this light. (Although there’s no evidence that we’re exposing ourselves to unsafe levels.)
  • A link between long-term blue light exposure and permanent damage to the eye and resulting diseases has been suggested, but not scientifically confirmed in people.
  • Digital eyestrain is massively on the rise (you know that feeling after you’ve been staring a screen for too long and your vision is blurry, your eyes hurt and damn what are those fuzzy colours? Hello, digital eyestrain. And me every day after work.)
  • People are concerned about their eyes
  • Marketing, capitalism, etc – we now have bluelight glasses.

There’s no scientific evidence to say that the levels of blue light emitted from screens is harmful . . . but there also aren’t any longtime studies and we’re using more technology now than ever before. So I don’t figure there’s any harm in being protected anyways.

Again, though – the whole blue light blocking thing isn’t actually why I find them so useful, I just happened across all this when I was writing an article for work. Why I find them so useful is that the yellow tinted lenses help to dull everything and I find that there’s far less glare in my eyes. Personally, my eyes hurt a shit-ton when they’re constantly bombarded with bright lights (I like my brightness on everything lower than average) and they get tired a lot quicker, so the tint is really refreshing and stops the attack of the bright lights.

Even if blue light glasses don’t stop long-term, blue-light-enduced-issues (which may or may not be real) they still reduce glare (one of the leading causes of eye-strain)  and give your eyes a break from the harshness of computer screens – which is a win in my book. Plus, reducing blue light really does help you sleep – so using them in the evening is a good idea.

3. Looking into the distance (20/20/20 rule)

I admit, this one sounds weird – but hear me out. The 20/20/20 rule is where every twenty minutes you look at something a minimum of 20 yards away for a minimum of 20 seconds.

When you’re look at items close to you (reading distance), the ciliary muscles in the eye contract. When you look into the distance, however, your ciliary muscles relax. One of the reasons our eyes get tired is because they have to work harder to focus on items that are close to us, so looking at things that are further away is a good way to give the muscles a break.

4. Eye drops

If you do work on computers a lot, eye drops are also probably a good idea. As I mentioned in the first point, looking at computer screens all day dries out your eyes and that is one of the leading causes for discomfort. Eye drops are a good way to add moisture to dry eyes.

Plus, they’re super cheap and they make your eyes feel amazing after you use them. I recommend these ones; they’re the ones I use.

Optrex Refreshing Eye Drops for Tired Eyes, 10ml

Optrex Eye Drops – Amazon UK – £5.94

Optrex Eyedrops – Amazon US – £3.35

Okay, so I apologise for how boring this post was, but consider it a PSA. I just want you little beans to keep your eyes safe and sound so that they work for most of your life – and, as bloggers, most of our work is behind a screen which may be one of the biggest threats to your eye-health.

Do you guys take care of your eyes when you’re using technology? Are there any tips you have that I’ve missed out? Did you find this post useful? And can we please talk about what great photo props dried roses are? Let me know your thoughts down below!


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39 thoughts on “4 Ways To Protect Your Eyes From Screens As A Blogger”

  1. I LOVE all of these ideas. Blogging takes up a lot more time than some people think and that time is usually spent in front of a screen. I try to do as much as I can “sans screen”, so if I have blog post ideas, I write them all down in a notebook and will also write the general outline in there before bringing it to the screen. Your point about blinking actually really stunned me because I was like WOW (and blinked about 100 times to make up for the time I had been staring at my phone). Normally I’ll put my laptop screen on a reading mode, there’s a lot of things you can download for that. I’ve been dying to try out protective glasses, maybe I’ll purchase some soon! xx

    1. Thank you lovely! I’m glad it wasn’t too boring, I do genuinely think it’s a super important thing to take care of 🙂 And that’s a great idea actually, I’ll have to give it a go! The whole blinking totally blew my mind but it made SO MUCH SENSE and my eyes feel way better when i do force myself to blink! I highly recommend the glasses too!xx

  2. I have literally never thought about this before. I know at work the computer screen has a screen over it to minimise the blue glare and it turns everything a yellow-ish colour but I’ve never really thought about why before. This was such an interesting read. xx

  3. First now I can not stop blinking, and second I died at your blink….182 reference. that as gold. I in my rather old age, have invested in those glasses. Which is ironic, because I could not WAIT for contacts and wear them every day and now I am, (sort of willingly) wearing glasses again, oh the irony, life. Lol. <3

    1. Girl that was literally me when I first started reading up on this stuff; it does make your eyes feel so much better though so I guess there’s that! And awww at least you’re taking care of your eyes? <3

      1. Bwahahaha the power of suggestion. LOL. Haha true, though, doing it in a coffee shop where their are attractive men does not for the dating mojo :p Lol. Haha true. But still annoying :p <3

    2. I was wondering why I get a headache when I read too long on my kindle app. I’ve got to start doing the 20/20/20 trick! My phone has a blue light filter, luckily, so I’m able to just turn that on to avoid the blue light. My boyfriend says the colors on my phone are an orangey tint because of the filter but I don’t notice that any more, it looks normal to me now, so I’d suggest anyone with that capability on their phone to use it!!!
      I loved this post, Mia. Didn’t think it wa s boring at all, it was some information I really needed to read & I’m sure everyone else does, too!! Thanks for caring about our eyes more than we ever thought to care about them. ♡♡♡

      1. I used to get the exact same thing! Super annoying because I absolutely love reading 🙁 And ooooh I might see if I can download an app for that, it sounds like a great idea! Thank you for the tip lovely!
        Aw, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! <3 <3

    3. As someone who is very seriously considering Lasik surgery in the near future, these tips are really helpful! I could use those blue light filtering glasses even at work (:

    4. This is a genius post! I never really think about my eye health if I’m completely honest, until it’s late night and I’m meant to be sleeping and instead on my laptop probably googling some ridiculous facts or catching up on some series. Having said all that, my eye sight is still damn good so am kinda surprised I don’t need glasses at all. *touchwood*

      What you said about the distance thing makes sooo much sense! I know quite a lot of people who ended up getting glasses most likely because they love reading and never really gave their eyes the break they needed!

    5. Lol- as soon as I read about the blinking I felt the need to take a minute to blink a bunch. Thanks for sharing all these facts with us- I need to take a few minutes from the screen every now and then

    6. Good to know, I didn’t know they had special glasses. I do my best to blink a lot and always look away and give myself a break but using eye drops is something I never thought about using. I’ll have to try the 20/20/20 trick too

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          1. I’m so glad it could help! And girl me too – I’ve been working two jobs (both computer based) AND blogging and my eyes are actually feeling it, which actually spurred me to look into all this at work. Also, I was wondering if you wanted to do a collaboration post with me next month?xx

          2. Dried roses and eye-drops. How can that combination ever be boring? 😉 It is an important health issue you address here (says the one with two extra pairs of eyes). The thing with blogging is that while you are at it, you do forget to rest the eyes, to even blink as you point out. As a result, I often find myself with tired-out eyes by the end of the afternoon. So, all hail capitalism and the advent of bluelight glasses! xx

          3. Are my eyes already shot to hell? Yes. But that doesn’t mean I appreciate this post any less—quite the opposite! Like everyone else, I cannot stop forcibly blinking. I have been abusing contact wear since middle school and my eyes are DRY. So much so, that it hurts for the first few drops once they start secreting moisture. Shoutout to you for including the US Amazon link as well! I’m going to give those eye drops a go!

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          4. That’s interesting, I didn’t know our bodies can forget to blink by extended screen use – *I type this whilst blinking excessively.. I’ll have to figure out how to work this is to my day to day without looking strange.. (er)*

          5. Oh wow, thanks for sharing! I didn’t know about that 20/20/20 rule, or that those types of glasses could be more affordable. My brother got some that were like $80 😯

          6. I had no idea there was such a think as blue-light blocking glasses. My job includes a lot of computer work and my eye doctor told me it was ruining my eyes. He gave me some great tips for taking care of my eyes, but I’ve been wanting to learn more. These tips will really help my eyes heal up and stay safe, so thank you for sharing them.

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