“Ting”, is the sound our generation wakes up to today, and there is also around the clock “glimmer” that is the last thing we see before sleeping and the first thing early in the morning. This glimmer is not from the sunlight seeping through the curtains or the golden hour but a superficial digital glow from phones, laptops, and television.
Are screens bad for the eyes?
Digital eye strain is a phenomenon that is no stranger in this rabbit racing generation. Digital eye strain is a condition defined as discomfort in the eye caused by the continuous use of a digital screen for over two or three hours.
Eye strain exaggerates with every passing hour, and so do their symptoms and effects. Digital strain portrays itself through symptoms like burning red eyes, blurry vision, headaches, and a disturbed sleep cycle. It is estimated that 1 in 10 people use 3/4th of their waking hours ingrained in digital screens. This makes it a whopping 12 hours per day!
Most people work in a 9-5 job where there is no choice but to be engrossed in the computer and typing away. The one terror of it all is faced by the eye, blatantly being overstrained by the continuous display of blue light through the digital screenings. Our jobs were mainly primarily different in nature earlier, rather primitive. However, with the passing time and evolution, screens take over cross and bows, and our eyes are struggling to keep up.
Is mobile screen harmful for eyes?
Television is no longer the primary concern for digital eye strain; instead, it is mobile. Though small and tiny, these minute things can ruin your eye for the long term. Online apps and games have engrossed the young, the infants, and the old in its clutches. You wouldn’t often see the young children being given the phones and tabs to play and distract themselves rather than cry and disturb their parents. This attitude has played to be disastrous on the overall development of a child and an eye strain from a tender age.
Eye strain is a major complaint of most people below the age of 30, which is essentially a generation of affected people with eye damage from phone screens. Blue light from screens are a significant concern, as the light on the blue end of the visual spectrum contains more energy, known as High Energy Visual light – The HEV.
Though eye strain has no significant effect on the pupil, the HEV, according to recent studies, can contribute to the eye muscles’ degradation and add spice to the retinal damage.
Thankfully, there is hope. Hope to change how we use technology to our merit than a demerit.
Lifestyle choices make a defining factor in changing the long-term effects of technology advancements concerning our physical health.
The first way is, ideally, easy. The 20-20-20 method this method goes like taking a 20-second break every 20 minutes and looking at something 20 feet away. This simple method helps majorly; you also should blink often.
Blinking, believe it or not, makes a difference, so next time you are in front of the computer, make sure to blink more than usual. If your device has a night mode, and you happen to use your device at night, please use that feature to avoid screen eye damage. The displays turn a warm yellow tone to reduce the ill effects of the harsh blue light compared to the darkroom.
It is also necessary to place an object like television, computers, and phones in a distance that is deemed safe for the eyes. The screen should be at the arm’s length, and it should always be at eye level, or a little below that, however never above. Eye problems caused by computers fall under the “Computer Vision Syndrome.”
We often strain our eyes because of poor lighting conditions; the light should be neither too bright nor too dim. Lighting should be facing you from behind if you are engrossed in reading, as rays from the front can cause your eyes to water. Dimming the lights a little while watching the TV helps with eyestrain too. Glare from screens is an issue and make sure you adjust your devices’ brightness to avoid such rays.
It is vital to keep your eye hydrated; often, long hours of work, eyes can dry up and cause pain. Simple glycerin or artificial teardrops prescribed by a doctor can help prevent such happenings. This small step holds off a little eye damage from phone screens.
Although rare, eye strain can also happen due to low air quality. One can use a humidifier if the air inside is dry due to an air purifier or an air conditioner.
Unfortunately, while most of us cannot escape the work schedule and work on computers, we can use the BLU light eyeglasses. These lenses are supposed to help block the blue light, which is spectacular as it can help our eyes face a little less strain. Due to its anti-glare and blue light-emitting factors, many choose to shift to it to help reduce the effects of eye damage. Since getting odd technology is not possible and screens eye damage is a looping issue we need to take precautions.
Though nothing can beat taking proper lifestyle changes, these were some ways by which one can for sure lessen the impact of a digital eye strain.