If you are like most people, you look at screens for most of your waking hours. Whether for work or play, we look at smartphone screens, computer screens, TV screens, tablet screens…the list goes on and on. So, it should come as little surprise that all that screen time can affect your eyes. Wondering what happens when you spend hours staring at screens? Read on to learn more and how to fix the problems.
When you stare at screens, you will likely experience irritation as a byproduct of dehydration. In fact, if you’re engrossed in the material at hand, you may find yourself unintentionally staring at the screen, forgetting to even blink! As simple as it sounds, pausing to blink your eyes or use an eye-safe lubricant, like eye drops, will go a long way in preventing and treating mild eye irritation.
An Influx of Blue Light
Did you know that too much blue light exposure can actually result in an ocular condition, such as cataracts? High energy visible light, which is emitted by digital screens, is closest to that of Ultraviolet light. Don’t forget, UV light is one of the things you block when wearing sunglasses! To reduce exposure, download blue light filters and use them across your devices.
Another byproduct of blue light is overstimulation, which can keep your mind awake long after you log off for the day. This is because blue light throws off your circadian rhythm, which regulates your sleep cycles. To counteract this, try to get as much regular rest as possible and avoid using your devices within an hour or two of bedtime.
Digital Eye Strain
Ever heard of Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)? It’s characterized by symptoms that include blurry or double vision, headaches, dizziness, and neck, shoulder, and back pain. Avoid these effects by making sure that the environment in which you’re using your device is comfortable. Avoid too dim or bright lighting, view your device at a comfortable angle, and be sure that your seat has adequate support.
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