Computers, Tablets and Smart Phones are Affecting Your Eyes

With the increase in the use of electronic devices, your eyes are facing new challenges including blurred vision, eye strain, headaches, dry eyes and Blue Light rays.  Viewing a computer screen often makes your eyes work harder than they’re used to and additional challenges are faced when looking at small print on tablets or smartphones. Uncorrected vision problems can increase the severity of these challenges and symptoms. Often words that appear on a screen are not as defined as printed words, there is less contrast and there is increased glare.

To prevent eystrain, try to take a 15 minute break for every 2 hours of computer use. Also, for every 20 minutes of computer use, look up and into the distance for about 30 seconds to let your eyes refocus. Also keep in mind that you do not blink as often when you are focusing intently, so make an effort to blink frequently to reduce your chances of developing dry eyes.

Additionally, fluorescent lighting, electronic screens and the sun emit Blue Light. While your eyes do protect themselves from a percentage of these damaging rays of the light spectrum, it is difficult to say how the increased use of electronic devices is going to affect our vision in the years to come. Blue light causes the gradual oxidation and deterioration of the macula over a lifetime, leaving the eyes susceptible to macular degeneration and other eye health concerns.  Many lens manufacturers are now coming out with lenses specifically designed to prevent a percentage of these rays from harming your eyes. If you have a family history of macular degeneration, you may want to consider getting a pair of glasses specifically for computer use.

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