Most of us are aware of the kind of problems that excessive TV watching can cause for the eyes. Moderation is one of the solutions but this is not a time for moderation. What with he World Cup on in South Africa and Wimbledon seeing a few major mishaps already, one cannot help but be glued to the television set for hours, that too late into the night as far as our country is concerned. Eyes can become tired, blurred, sore or dry, the conditioned worsened at times by severe headaches.
So, when you cannot avoid a thing altogether, just take a few simple precautions to keep the worst at bay.
Take Breaks - The best way to prevent eye-strain is to not use them less. Shift your focus from near to far on a frequent basis from up close to at least 20 feet away. You can also try to blink often.
Reduce Glare - Reducing glare of the TV screen will naturally reduce the strain on your eyes. Make sure your Television screen it is at a 90-degree angle from any direct light source so that it does not reflect the light. Try switching your monitor or TV to a flat screen technology. They are not as reflective.
Adjust Contrast - Adjust the contrast setting on monitors and screens to the best effect. But too much contrast with the surrounding area will cause strain through your peripheral vision. The overall lighting levels should be kept at a moderate level.
Colour Regulation - Adjust the colour setting on monitors and screens. Some technologies even allow adjustment of the colour temperature.
Eye Exercises - Eye-strain is actually the strain of the muscles controlling the eyes. Strengthening these muscles with a series of eye exercises will go a long way in preventing it.
Clinical consultation - Please remember to visit an ophthalmologist if your eye problem continues for some time. You may be in need of medication or treatment.