Did You Know Your Computer Screen Could Be Hurting Your Vision?

Friday, July 1st, 2011, 8:43 am

With the increase in technology taking care of our eyes is essential. On average a person spends more than 4 hours a day staring into a screen of some sort. Whether it is your computer, laptop, tablet, IPhone, Android Phone, or even your Kindle it is a screen.

Making sure you are taking a sufficient amount of time away is essential to your eye health. Below are a few ways you can protect your eyes, and why you should be protecting them in the first place.

Why protect my eyes?

Reduced blinking is a big problem with people who look at the computer screen a lot. When you read your blink rate decreases, causing problems with dry eyes.

Also sitting too close to the screen can cause problems with your eyes as well. If you are staring at a computer screen all day it can cause eye strain and fatigue. Which can also cause damage to your overall vision.

Below are a few ways to protect yourself from your device screens:

Changing the Settings – Many of us don’t even realize that these is a brightness setting, and color settings on their devices. This are great because it allows you to turn down the brightness of your computer or other device. Changing the color settings can often reduce eye strain as well.

Taking a break – It is important to step away from devices every 20 minutes. If you are at work simply look away from the device for 20-30 seconds so your eyes can readjust. This will keep you from straining your eyes as well.

Minimize your time on your devices at night – If you work with a computer every day at work, it is wise to keep to wait at least an hour before getting on your devices at home. This will give your eyes a rest. It is important to be aware of how much time you spend online, and on your devices both home and at work.

Learn more about computer-use eye strain and what you can do: http://www.geteyesmart.org/eyesmart/living/computer-usage.cfm

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Category: Eye Health, Reading Vision


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