With it being the 21st century, the amount of time we spend in front of a computer screen is massive. Whether it be for work or personal, a lit screen is something we stay glued to. Did you know that this comes with health risks?
Our eyes get weaker over time as is, but we do ourselves a disservice when we over do the digital devices. According to a study featured in Time Magazine, digital/computer eye strain“affects some 64% to 90% of office workers.” And though digital eye strain is not a permanent disorder, it can cause other permanent health issues. Here are some of the things you should stay aware of.
1. Rest your eyes.
Rising of the eyes at a regular interval will help avoid discomfort caused by staring at the computer all day. According to the the American Optometric Association “A simple rule-of-thumb is to take a 20 second break every 20 minutes by looking at something 20 feet away.” If you feel like you can’t remember to do this, try downloading an app called Eye Defender or WorkRave. These will do the work of remembering for you!
2. Keep proper distance.
Visual strain definitely can come from not properly distancing yourself from a device. This goes for any device with a lit up screen, large or small. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration “viewing distances that are too long can cause you to lean forward and strain to see the text, while distances that are too short may make your eyes work too hard to focus.” Try playing around with desk and keyboard placement in order to find the perfect amount of space between you and your computer.