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Reducing Eye Strain When Your a Heavy Computer User

One of the most common problems with the human eye these days stems from computer usage, especially in the developed world where PC usage is higher on average. How much are contacts going to help? Not much since the average American will stare at a screen for upwards of 9 hours.

This long usage does take a toll on the eyes, but there are steps you can take to try and mitigate this damage over time. Here are some pieces of advice from professionals at Lens.com for those who wear contact lenses or glasses.

Keep Some Distance

Your optometrist would offer the same advice as your mom: don’t sit too close to the television! You should maintain an optimal distance of 20-30 inches between your eyes and the monitor.

Don’t worry, you won’t need a ruler, you can just use your arms. Hold your arm straight and measure the distance between your shoulder and your monitor. As a bonus tip: practice proper posture and elevate your monitor if you need. Your back will thank you later in life.

Step Away

Ever notice that your vision feels blurry after a long session at the computer? Stepping away for a few minutes every half hour or so will help with that strain. If you can, try and schedule at least six small breaks throughout your day. Take time to stretch your shoulders and neck as well. These mini breaks keep your mind fresh, your eyes ready, and they are good for your body.

Don’t Forget to Blink

One of the most underrated pieces of advice in daily eye care is just blinking. When we stare at screens, our eyes may go long distances without moisture. Blinking keeps that dryness from doing its worst, so you should consciously try your hardest to blink every few seconds. Aim for 10-15 second intervals, but just consciously blinking fully is already a step in the right direction.

If you begin to experience eye strain and dryness, and you’re a contact lens user, try artificial tears.

Don’t Underestimate Lighting

Good lighting can be helpful in reducing eye strain over time. Indoor lighting tends to use fluorescent bulbs. Coupled with glare from outside and your office time can do more harm than good. There are two ways to fix these problems. The first is to darken your room with curtains or blinds to prevent outside light from seeping in. The second is to install an anti-glare screen to your monitor.

5 Celebrities Who You Wouldn’t Think Wear Contact Lenses

Given the rapid appearance changes actors, and musicians go through during their careers, its hard to tell which ones genuinely need corrective lenses and the ones that are joining in on the color contact fad. A handful wear glasses privately or for specific roles in films or music videos, but many celebrities do need corrective lenses for both their day to day life and performances. Whether to counteract nearsightedness or enhance their already lovely eyes with engaging colors, here are 5 celebrities who regularly wear contact lenses.

Selena Gomez

The extremely talented singer Selena Gomez occasionally sports wireframes, but generally shows offer her unobstructed eyes when in front of the camera. However, she has admitted to being near-sighted since a young age and often wears contacts for public appearances. Not only does Selena use correct lenses, she also experiment with color contacts, such as wearing hazel lenses for the American Music Awards in 2015.

Nicki Minaj

Blink and you’ll miss it, but Nicki Minaj has been onboard the color contact trend for ages. Her music video for Super Bass is the best video to spot her eye color change, featuring a close up of her gray contacts before subtly shifting to a wide shot of deep brown eyes. Other videos like Your Love and Moment 4 Life showcase light blue, green, and hazel contacts, each of which plays nicely off her natural color.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift sports glasses pretty often in her videos, but that mostly plays to her girl-next-door persona. For concerts and interviews, the musician is regularly plain faced. She’s state in interviews that she’s nearly blind without her contact lenses, wearing them for events, on-camera interviews, and some music videos.

Jennifer Garner

The renowned actress and producer Jennifer Garner jumped back onto the screen this past year with the teen romcom Love Simon, playing the title character’s mother. Her role showed off her natural brown eyes, but she has worn blue contacts for other roles, such as Elektra in the superhero film Daredevil. Surprisingly enough, she wears corrective lenses in her everyday life and has been spotted with expensive glasses in the past.

Hugh Jackman

Not even the Wolverine can escape the aging effect on our eyes. Though he does showcase a pair of spectacles in Logan, Hugh Jackman generally shows off his natural light brown when on stage, whether its a blockbuster film or cable interview. But, as you guessed it, he is actually near-sighted, wearing glasses in private and contact lenses for public appearances.