Did you know that the average American spends seven or more hours every day staring at screens? It’s true, according to the American Optometric Association. Computer, television, and the ubiquitous Smart Phone all call out daily for our attention. But did you know that exposure to screens can have a negative impact on eye health? It’s an over-exposure to blue light (A device such as an IPad or a Smart Phone emits a high-energy type of light) and blue light can be responsible for digital eye strain. But in more serious cases it can also cause eye strain, sleeping problems, blurred vision, headaches, and neck/shoulder pain from poor posture. So, let’s discuss a few ways in which you can protect your eyes from harm.
Sleeping issues are prevalent in the USA, and a major cause is screen use before bed. It’s important to remember to power down all your devices one hour before bed. Trying to fall asleep while staring at an IPhone is not only bad for your eyes, but it also disturbs natural sleep rhythms. You should also take breaks while watching screens. Every twenty minutes you should look away from the screen, even if it’s just for twenty- to thirty-seconds. Look at something else in the room that’s at a distance greater than the distance between your eyes and the screen.
You should also adjust all of your devices to fit your own screen-watching needs. If you are watching in a dark place, turn down the brightness. And when you watch the screen, be mindful of your posture.
And most important to eye health is to keep to regular eye exams at Vision Optical. Your Dr. can determine an eye/vision problem before you experience symptoms; remember that many eye problems do not have initial symptoms. If you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule your next eye exam, then call Vision Optical today.