How much time do you spend staring at a screen? According to recent research adults spend more than half of their day using technology. While positive for the most part, technology is ruining our eyesight.
14% of people report using screens for between 10 and 12 hours per day but even with constant exposure most are oblivious to the effects of prolonged technology use on their eyes.
Data shows that the amount of children and adults spending more than ten hours a day on screens is rising at a rate of 4% per year. So, what symptoms should you be looking out for? Extended screen time can cause users to develop symptoms that range from dry eyes to sore eyes, double vision, fatigue and even a sore neck which can develop the following:
According to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, direct exposure to the blue light emitted from LED devices can damage the retina. This retina damage can lead to macular degeneration and damage your central vision.
Tension headaches often occur when you stare at a screen for too long. They are more prevalent in regular computer users due to the contrast between the dark coloured text and bright screen. This is because your eyes work harder to focus resulting in muscle spasms at the temples.
Research is currently being carried out on the link between excessive screen time and cataracts. There are cases to suggest that technology causes cataracts – a common condition where the lens in the eye develops cloudy patches – over time.
What can you do to prevent technology from ruining your eyesight?
Use the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break and look at something 20 feet away.
Enhance your ergonomics: make sure your computer is positioned directly in front of you, that your are looking down at a 15 degree angle and that you do not view the screen closer than 18 inches.
Have the right lighting: adjust room lighting to match your computer brightness. This will help to reduce glare.
Invest in a high quality monitor: a higher resolution monitor is easier on your eyes.
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