Think about how long you stare a screen like the one on your laptop, your phone, your television, your tablet.
Most people spend on average 10 hours a day staring at a screen.
Do these screens damage our eyes?
I am a blogger and I am definitely in front of a screen at least 10 hours a day.
But here’s the good news. Screens aren’t going to make us go blind.
Instead of real eye damage, you might experience little discomfort. Like blurry vision, watery eyes, dry eyes, and tired eyes.
These symptoms are called “COMPUTER VISION SYNDROME“.
I know my eyes feel heavy after a long day of staring but there isn’t anything to worry about my long-term health. Still, my eyes are irritated and its annoying.
We likely experience Computer Vision Syndrome because we blink less when we stare at a screen.
So, I use eye drops to keep my eyes moist. I take frequent breaks by following the 20-20-20 rule.
The 20-20-20 rule says that for every 20 minutes you are on a computer or staring at a screen, take 20 seconds to stare at something 20 feet away.
After 2 hours of screen time, I take 15 minutes to do anything but stare at a screen. I don’t look at my phone either.
Other factors also affect our eyes too, it’s not just the actual act of staring at a screen that’s to blame for our eye problems.
The tech we own and the way we use it matters too.
If your monitor rate is 60 hertz, meaning it refreshes its images 60 times a second, your eyes will constantly try to refocus.
What’s unfortunate is that most gadgets feature displays at 60 Hertz. You can buy a more expensive gaming monitor with a faster refresh rate.
I Keep my monitor an arm’s length away from me, about 25 inches. I also positioned the screen so that I am looking down at it at a 20-degree angle.
Play with your screen brightness and contrast as well. Increase the contrast on your screen to make the text clearer and don’t use tiny fonts.
Another factor that irritates our eyes is GLARE. It can make it difficult to stare at the screen and will additionally hurt your eyes. Use an anti-glare screen filter or an anti-glare coating sunglasses.
Just try to avoid extreme sunlight on your screen or harsh overhead lighting.
Blue light coating and blue light filtering glasses are super trendy right now. Blue light is a major part of the eyes strain problem. Using such glasses might help in reducing eyes strain (Although there haven’t good studies that show blue light is harmful to the eye).
Blue light could present a problem at night when we need darkness to help us fall asleep so filtering it out could be useful at bedtime which is why Apple launched Night Shift on iPhones, Ipads & Macbooks.
If you are worried about COMPUTER VISION SYNDROME or just the amount of screen time your eyes experience.
TAKE A BREAK!
Don’t look at your phone, your TV or laptop before bed.
Read a book, listen to music & RELAX.