With all the devices we’ve grown attached to over the last 10 years, it’s no surprise to learn that our eyes suffer from excessive exposure to their bright screens.
What is Computer Vision Syndrome?
Otherwise known as digital eye strain, it encompasses all eye-related problems that come up as a result of the prolonged and excessive use of a computer, smartphone, and other digital device. When people use digital devices for long periods of time, they will experience discomfort or pain in their eyes the longer they stare at the screen.
A majority of professions involve extensive use of computers, and if you’re working at a computer for 8-hour intervals Monday through Friday, you’re likely straining your eyes.
Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome
- Dry eyes
- Pain in the shoulder and neck
- Blurry vision
- A headache
- Eye Damage caused by computers
Keeping the eyes protected
The symptoms of digital eye strain vary from one individual to another, and these vision symptoms can be caused by different eye problems such as change of prescription, aging, untreated eye issues, farsightedness, eye coordination abilities amongst others. Keeping your eyes protected can be done in different ways, and one of the most effective ways is to use the 20 minutes on, 20 seconds off rule. What this means is that every 20 minutes, look away from the screen and stare at something placed 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Usually, when you take your eyes off the screen, the symptoms will desist, but for some people, the symptoms could persist and get worse.
Using the Blue Light Blocking Glasses
This blue light blocking glasses can also be used to protect your eyes from the UVA/UVB light emitted from the sun. The blue light emitted from the sun is 500 times more than what your computer emits so if you spend more time under the sun, it is dangerous to your eyes too.
Studies have shown that cells in the eye are vulnerable to blue light, which is a prominent component of RGB screen light. RGB meaning Red Green Blue screen, as screens use clusters of red green and blue cells to make all of the colors you see. If you use corrective lenses and you spend large periods of time on a computer, Blue Light Blocking Glasses are ideal for protecting your eyes.
Wearing Contact lenses to deal with computer vision syndrome
Contact lenses are a good way to reduce computer eye syndrome. Some are intrinsically able to block blue light, others are not, however you won’t need to squint to see fine details on a computer screen.
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