When we are in front of the computer or reading for long periods of time, this can cause stress on the eyes. To avoid this, there are a few tips to follow:
1. Have 2-5 minute breaks every half an hour from reading to allow your eyes to rest and recover.
2. When reading, make sure that your reading material is at least Harmon Distance or "Elbow Distance" away. The distance is measured by placing a closed fist under the chin and resting the elbow on a table. The point at the end of the elbow represents the closest distance a person should be from their near work.
3. Try to spend the same amount of time outdoors as you do indoors. This gives your eyes the visual stimulus to relax when outdoors. Remember, when the eyes are looking out into the distance that's when the eyes are most relaxed. When the eyes are looking up close at a book or computer screen, that's when the eyes are working at its hardest.
These tips should be followed not only through high school, but throughout your adult life. Sounds easy? Don't forget to do this the next time you're reading!