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Tips from our Contact Lenses Services

Tips from the CDC on how to safely wear contact lenses.



Do you have an eye condition that requires medically necessary contact lenses? The University Eye Institute knows how important contact lenses are to you and we would like to share some tips from the National Keratoconus Foundation on how to safely wear your contact lenses during COVID-19.


Tips from our Dry Eye Service

Alleviate Digital Eye Strain

Set up your work station with your eyes in mind - Adjust your chair, desk, and monitor heights so your eyes are looking slightly downward. Set-up task lighting so it comes from behind or overhead (not directly at your face). Keep preservative - free tears handy, or use a small humidifier to keep your eyes from drying out during extended screen time.

Change your screen settings - Your eyes weren’t meant to look at a bright, vivid screen for hours. Turn down your screen brightness and enlarge font size (12 or larger) to prevent eye strain.

Take a Break! Use the 20 X 20 X 20 Rule: Take a brief break from your screen every 20 minutes for 20 seconds to look 20 feet away while making a conscious effort to blink. Blinking spreads tears across your eyes to refresh nutrients and replenish moisture.

Tips from our Pediatric Service

Has school closure increased your child’s screen time?

Increased screen time due to on-line homework and game play can cause tired, burning, or dry eyes. To decrease eye strain:

  • have your child take a break for 20 seconds, looking 20 feet away every 20 minutes
  • encourage outdoor physical activity. Get the family outdoors, following social distancing guidelines, rather than on-line game play

The World Health Organization and American Academy of Pediatrics recommend screen time of one hour or less per day for children 2 to 5 years. As an alternative to screen time, provide your child with engaging activities that aid in the development of his/her visual spatial skills such as:

  • Puzzles
  • Blocks – building and copying designs
  • Building with large interlocking blocks (e.g., Duplo)
  • Hidden picture games
  • Dot-to dots
  • Sorting objects by shape, size, or color
  • Memory games

Click here to learn more about the impact of visual spatial skills on school achievement.