When we were younger, our mom always warned us about sitting too close to the television or being addicted to computer games. Turns out, she wasn't entirely off the mark. Today, the average adult American spends about eight hours in front of a screen. One of the biggest eye-burn culprits is planting yourself in front of a screen. Our bodies and eyes weren't designed for modern digital lifestyles. Computer vision syndrome or CVS - also known as digital eye strain - has become an increasingly common condition amongst most working adults. Some symptoms such as headaches, blurry vision, dry eyes, and shoulder and neck pain may be experienced.
How Do Computers Affect Your Vision?
The increasing work hours and uncorrected vision problems can give rise to problems like astigmatism, myopia and presbyopia. Astigmatism is associated with blurry vision. This happens when the shape of the cornea changes, preventing light from focusing properly on the retina. Myopia involves the difficulty to view objects at a distance. Your natural lens will lose its flexibility to shift its focus between objects near and far. Symptoms of presbyopia may include the difficulty to read tiny print in books or on your computer screen.
- Get A Comprehensive Eye Test
- Arrange Your Workstation Properly
- Blink Often And Follow The 20-20-20 Rule
- Exercise Your Eyes Frequently
If you're spending too much time in front of digital screens, chances are your eyes feel tired. The Roll Your Eyes exercise can make your eyes feel relaxed. It is a two-minute exercise that requires you to roll your eyes clockwise and anti-clockwise, keeping your eyes open. Try to stretch your eyes as much as you can. This will relax the muscles in your eyes. Another exercise you could perform is the Palming Exercise that keeps stress at bay. While taking a short break, rub your palms until they feel warm. Gently place your palms in the cup of your eyes and fingers on your forehead.
Now that you have a better idea of what you need to do to improve your eye health - minimizing the effects of spending too much time in front of digital screens - we recommend you to make this a practice. A few changes to your approach to working in front of a computer can make a big difference.
However, if you are experiencing serious eye issues or are suffering from prolonged headaches, you may want to seek advice from your doctor.
Subscribe to our Trusted Health Club newsletter for more information about natural living tips, natural health, oral health and skincare. If you are looking for more health resources make sure to check out the Trusted Health Resources list.
Aaron Barriga is the online marketing manager for Insight Vision Center, an Ophthalmology Center in California. With a knack for understanding medical procedures, and an interest in eye and vision health,Aaronloves to share what he knows and what he learns. He blogs to inform readers about the latest eye care technology and other topics related to eye care, especially LASIK.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.