Can working from home cause eye damage?

OAK HILL, WV (WOAY) – Since working from home seems to be the new norm, you may find yourself looking at screens more often.

That could be bad news for your eyes as more screen time means more exposure to blue light. Blue light is the visible light closest to UV on the spectrum. Overexposure can damage your central and peripheral vision. Luckily, there’s a way to protect yourself.

“The first and most important thing: if you talk to any doctor you’ll hear about the 20/20/20 rule,” said Oak Hill optometrist Dr. Cassandra Ortiz. “For every 20 minutes that you have screen time, give yourself 20 seconds to look 20 feet away. Just take those little breaks to let the system reset. Also very popular right now are the blue light protection glasses, the blue light lenses.”

Before you decide to buy glasses, it’s a good idea to consult an optometrist to make sure there aren’t other problems happening as well.

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