How to protect your eyes during those long gaming sessions

Most of the time we spend in front of the screen either, playing, watching TV or scrolling through social media, we tend to forget to be careful with our most valuable asset, our eyes! We don’t even realize it but every day we damage our eyes whenever we look at a screen and we normally ignore it.

Nowadays, for most gamers, it’s difficult to reduce their “screen time” to just a few hours a day, and for that reason, you should do anything you can to protect your eyes during those long gaming sessions.

With that being said, here are some tips for you to consider next time to help ease the stress on your eyes:

Keep your distance

You must position your screen or device further away from you, it sounds simple but when you are focused while playing this is hard to achieve. If you increase the distance between you and your screen you will reduce the amount of blue light emitted to your eyes which helps reduce eye strain. You can also check your device settings and increase the text size displayed.

Adjust brightness

Playing video games in a dark setting actually hurts your eyes, mainly because the contrast between the screen and the room is too great, that forces your eyes to constantly work to adjust to the different lighting causing visual discomfort.

You can solve this by adjusting the screen’s brightness levels or, if possible, use soft overall lighting in the playroom, with that you can reduce the amount of glare improving the image and making it look sharper.

Take breaks

Giving your eyes periodic breaks can help maintain your eyes healthy. When you are staring at a screen, the amount of blinking lowers which can result in dryness and irritation.

When playing video games or staring at a screen for a long period of time, you can use the 20/20 rule. Every 20 minutes allow your eyes to rest by focusing on something that is 20 feet away for 20 seconds, this will give your eyes a quick break and reduce the amount of stress your eyes experience.

Another suggestion to consider, depending on your budget, is that there are already monitors with technology designed to protect eyesight and glasses with specialized filters for gamers. With these filters it is possible to block the blue light emitted by the screens.

Last but not least, you can consider playing less. As true gamers we know you cannot simply stop playing at any time and some may even think it’s not realistic to play for less than a few hours a day. However, it’s highly recommended to keep your play time in the 2-5 hour range, playing for more than 5-6 hours a day might become harmful to your eyes and your overall well being.

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