Staring At The Computer All Day Is Horrible To Your Eyes. All those brightly colored pixels clashing with the lighting around you is a recipe for eye fatigue and strain.
If you’re doing like this right now, that’s a good practice.
If you’re not, then the Vision Council wants you to know that you’re doing it wrong.
You spend most of the day staring at a computer and your tablet or smartphone lull you to sleep at night. What does all that digital screen time do to our body, especially our eyes?
A casual attitude towards “eye-gonomics” while you’re doing all of your little computing work could be the reason you’re experiencing eye strain, neck and shoulder pain, dry eyes, or blurred vision.
A study earlier this year from the American Academy of Optometry found that working for just two hours on a laptop caused a significant increase in eye pain and vision problems.
Although, 70% of people surveyed by the Vision Council refused to acknowledge that their screen time might be messing with their eyes, those of us who spend eight-plus-hour workdays in front of computers, or who catch up on our reading on tablets, or who are constantly checking our email on smartphones, have got to be feeling the strain.
From there, experts recommend some easy ways on how to keep your computer from destroying your eyesight:
1. Adhere to the 20-20-20 Rule— looking away from your screen every 20 minutes for 20 seconds and focusing on a fixed point 20 feet away — and blinking more are good places to start.
2. Make a few quick physical adjustments to your monitor and computer settings (also works if you’re staring at your smartphones). Reduce glare by cleaning your screen and making sure it’s the most brightly glowing thing in the room. Try not to use your smartphone in direct sunlight. Also, gray backgrounds are easier on your eyes than white.
3. Sit an arm’s length away from your computer screen. They recommend the “high-five test”: if you can’t properly high-five your computer screen (full arm extension is the key), you’re sitting too close. The screen shouldn’t be tilted, and it should be positioned right below eye level.
4. Consider buying a pair of glasses made specifically for computer use. If you think you can pull them off.
via business insider