Eye Test

20/20 Vision in 2021

April 21, 2021

Delta Dental of Iowa not only provides dental coverage on an individual basis, but also now provides vision coverage.  This could be quite valuable as our screen time greatly increased in 2020 due to Covid-19. 

Here are some reminders on screen time, eye strain and posture. 

  1. Practice 20-20-20: This tip helps your eyes, your spine, and your mind. Take a break every 20 minutes for 20 seconds and focus on something 20 feet away. Stand up, stretch, and work in a 20-second plank while you’re at it!

  2. Adjust your monitor: Ensure your screen is at least 20 – 30 inches away from your face and that your eyes are level with the very top of your monitor.

  3. Color correct your screen settings: Black text on white or a slightly yellow background reduces strain on your eyes. You can make these adjustments in your computer settings. If your office lights are bright, a cool or bluer color setting is best. 

  4. Switch it up: If you wear contact lenses, consider wearing your regular glasses one to two times per week to give your eyes a break.

  5. Blink. Blink. Blink: When you’re staring at screens, you tend to zone out and the rate of your blinking slows down to 12 – 14 blinks per minute instead of the average rate of 17. This causes your eyes to lose moisture and causes additional strain. Purposely take blinking breaks. You may also consider using artificial tears to moisturize your eyes.

Most important is making sure you visit your optometrist or ophthalmologist annually to make sure your eyes are healthy and your vision clear.  If you have questions about dental and/or vision coverage, give Health Insurance Advisor a call.