Technology has brought us a lot of amazing things in the last fifty years. We have access to flights that take us across the world, cellphones to let us talk to anyone at anytime, and the internet to let us learn about anything we want. Can you remember what it was like fifty years ago? It was a different world back then!
But not everything is all sunshine and rainbows. In fact, computers and cellphones emit light that can be damaging to our eyes over time. Keep reading to learn about Computer Vision Syndrome and how to avoid it.
What is Computer Vision Syndrome?
Also called Digital Eye Strain, Computer Vision Syndrome is a term that covers a variety of issues related to eye pain like fatigue, dry eyes, and blurred vision that come as a result of looking at digital screens for long periods of time. Your eyes have to focus and refocus many times over when you’re working at a computer, especially as you’re looking over at papers or talking to people. Your eyes also have to adjust for images changing on the screen, so if you are on the internet for work, those video ads are putting more strain on your eyes, too.
How can I prevent Computer Vision Syndrome?
Limiting time spent on computers and other devices that emit blue light will help give your eyes a break. If you work on a computer, then taking frequent breaks can help you give your eyes the rest they need. Set a timer to remind yourself to look around and rest your eyes many times each day. If you’re staring at a computer screen up until lunchtime, and then all the way until the end of the day, you’re working your eyes very hard.
Try taking a twenty-second break every twenty minutes of looking at a computer screen. Looking at something twenty feet away can help give your eyes some rest. This rule is called the 20-20-20 rule: give it a try and see if your eyes feel less fatigued after a long day of work.
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