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HOW TO PROTECT AGAINST EYE STRAIN WHILST GAMING
HOW TO PROTECT AGAINST EYE STRAIN WHILST GAMING

HOW TO PROTECT AGAINST EYE STRAIN WHILST GAMING

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We all know that spending too long staring at a screen can irritate our eyes. Especially if you’ve had a long day in the office or at school and come home to relax with a few hours of gaming or watching your favourite series, your screen time can quickly add up.

Thankfully there are a few things that can be adjusted or added to your lifestyle to combat the negative effects of long-term screen exposure on your eye health, without changing your screen time.

Filtering Blue Light

On most devices, you can easily adjust the blue light settings to protect your eyes from artificial light sources whilst using your screen. Although blue light isn’t necessarily damaging to your eyes, reducing the amount of exposure has been proven to minimise headaches, eye strain and eye irritation. Usually, this setting is referred to as ‘Night Light’ (Windows), ‘Night Shift’ (Apple) or there are many third-party apps available to download for other devices.

An alternative option is to wear blue light glasses when you know you’ll be spending hours looking at a screen. These glasses filter blue light rays to prevent them from irritating your eyes, and are available in both prescription and non-prescription options, depending on whether you usually require glasses.

Blue light glasses

An alternative option is to wear blue light glasses when you know you’ll be spending hours looking at a screen. These glasses filter blue light rays to prevent them from irritating your eyes, and are available in both prescription and non-prescription options, depending on whether you usually require glasses.

Recommended screen distance while gaming

By keeping your screen a recommended distance away from your eyes, you’ll not only be able to see the image on the sides of the screen without the need to turn your head, but you’ll also be protecting your eyes from potential straining. It’s typically recommended to keep the screen around 60 - 100 cm away depending on the size of the screen.

You might find that for intensive gameplay you’ll sit closer to the screen as it simply suits your play style and you can focus better on details, whereas for work purposes you can allow yourself to take further distance.

Eye experts' tip: 20-20-20 rule

According to various opticians and eye specialists worldwide, using the 20-20-20 rule can reduce eye strain that occurs when looking at a computer or phone screen for too long. It’s recommended when following this rule that for every 20 minutes at a screen, you spend 20 seconds looking at something that is 20 feet (6 metres) in the distance. In theory, this should give your eyes enough time to readjust and refocus, reducing some screen-related eye complaints.

Supplements for gamers

One of the easiest ways to ensure you’re taking care of your eye health is to add supplements into your daily routine. What’s even better? When the supplements come in the form of a tasty, easy-to-prepare drink that you can enjoy whilst sitting at your desk gaming or working.

Game On: designed for hours of optimal performance

Our specialised gaming drink, Game On, is packed with safe ingredients that are known to protect eye health, for example, lutein. Lutein is often used to reduce eye fatigue, headaches and general eye irritation, and is even used for the prevention of eye diseases. Both our standard and stimulant-free Game On formulas provide 100 mg of lutein per portion, as well as other supplements that help to keep eyes healthy, such as biotin and other B Vitamins.

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