Does Light From Your Devices’ Screen Really Damage The Health Of Your Eyes?

The amount of time spent staring at the digital devices like phones, tablets, computers and TV has greatly increased as kids have also started getting phones and use them in their daily life which after some time becomes their part of life.

This has put the health of people at danger and no one ever considers how the prolonged use of devices causes eye strain and discomfort.

Digital eye strain or sometimes referred to as the computer vision syndrome is well known as a disease. If you’ve ever experienced dry or irritated eyes, blurred vision, eye fatigue or head, neck and back pain after using a computer or a smartphone then you are a victim of the situation.

Long Term Damage

Staring at tablets, phones, and computer screens may damage our eyes permanently.

We spend almost as much time staring at the screens as we do sleeping. With several laboratory test, light from your devices damage the retina of the eye in a way that appears consistent with retinal changes associated with mascular degeneration.

Not Sitting Close To Televisions

It is actually always good advice not to sit too close to TVs. It may actually harm your eyes.

  • The amount of light exposure a person receives depends on many factors including screen technology, screen size, screen brightness, distance from screen of a users’ face and time spent. Opticians say that Smartphones have a greater potential to cause eye damage than small screens which strains the eyes.                                                                                                                                                                                                          We tend to open our eyelids wider and blink less frequently when we’re staring at screens hence on fatigue kicks in due to focus on screens at a fixed distance for a long period without looking away.

What Can You Do To Protect Your Face & Eyes?

These are a few possible ways by which you can protect your face and eyes;

  1. Use and maintain a comfortable working distance from the computer and avoid coming closer and closer. This might help you to stop straining your eyes and keep your face smooth and moisturized.
  2. When using a phone, keep the screen as far away from your eyes as comfortably possible – the greater the distance your phone is, the less the eye straining.
  3. Every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break and look off into feet away at something 20 feet away – this is called the 20-20-20 rule.
  4. Get an eye examination. Even minor problems with your eyesight can increase your risk for digital eye strain. You are highly recommended to visit an optician.
  5. Make sure your eyeglass lenses have an anti reflective coating eliminating reflections your lenses can increase viewing comfort and reduce eye strain.
  6. Finally go out for outdoor games and relax your mind and eyes to avoid the constant strain and discomfort.

The major solution for a person suffering from Computer Vision Syndrome is that you have to use a 20-20-20 rule as emphasized by doctors; after sometime you should see a change in your eye health.

The dry eye is a major symptom; the use of artificial tear solutions can reduce the effects of dry eye.

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