Summary: Reading a book or an e-book can be a treat but can also cause discomfort if you’re a contact lens user.
If you’re an avid bookworm and wear contact lenses, your reading sessions might be a bit uncomfortable due to eye strains, dryness, and other discomforts. This guide will you through some tips on how to look after your eyes while reading.
Make Sure Your Prescription is Up-to-Date
While this might be the most obvious, many people fail to stay up-to-date on their prescription. This can be problematic for a variety of reasons, not just in reading but in other aspects of your day.
An eye contact that isn’t the right prescription can cause acute strain to the eyes as they will need to work harder to decipher blurred objects and images. Try and schedule an appointment once every two years at minimum to ensure your current prescription can handle your vision.
If you’re reading for a prolonged period of time while wearing contact, you can strain your eyes and even suffer from headaches. It is important to take regular breaks from reading to give your eyes that much needed rest. After each chapter, look to put your book down and walk around the house to allow your eyes to focus on other objects.
Make Sure Your Book is at Eye Level
Reading at an awkward angle can place a significant amount of strain on your eyes and may cause discomfort if done for an lengthy period of time. Whether it’s a book or a tablet, Lens.com recommends that your eyes are always in a comfortable reading position so they stay fresh from one page to the next.