With it being the 20th century, the amount of time we spend in front of a computer screen is massive. Whether it be for work or personal, a lit screen is something we stay glued to. did you know that this comes with health risks? Our eyes get weaker over time as is, but we do ourselves a disservice when we over do the digital devices. According to a study done in Time Magazine, Digital/Computer eye strain “affects some 64% to 90% of office workers.” And though Digital Eye Strain feels different for a lot of people, and may come with different symptoms, its not a permanent disorder, but it can cause other permanent health issues. Here are some of the things you should stay aware of.
1. Rest Your Eyes
Rising of the eyes at a regular interval will help avoid discomfort from starring at the computer all day. According to the the American Optometric Association “A simple rule-of-thumb is to take a 20 second break every 20 minutes by looking at something 20 feet away.” If you feel like you can remember to do this, try downloading an app called Eye Defender or WorkRave, they will do the work for you!
2. Proper Distance
Visual strain definitely can come from not properly distancing yourself from a device. This goes for any device with alit up screen, large or small. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration “viewing distances that are too long can cause you to lean forward and strain to see the text, while distances that are too short may make your eyes work too hard to focus.” Try playing around with desk and keyboard placement in order to find the perfect amount of space between you and your computer.
3. Adjust The Light
The light on your monitor should be the brightest light in the room. Ambient light should be about half as bright as your monitor’s light. If using a lot of natural light, a best practice is to try and position the windows so that it is to the side of the device versus in the front of back of it. Full spectrum lights are better than florescent lighting as it is too harsh.
4. Simple Fonts
With all of the apps out there to customize your phone with fancy fonts, it’s hard not to be tempted. For your eyes sake, it is in your best interest to stick to an easy to read font. According to a recent study done by the American Optometric Association “Fonts without serifs, such as Arial or Vernada, are better than those with serifs, such as Times New Roman.”
5. Keep The Monitor Clean
The last thing you need is for your screen to be full of debris, causing you to have to squint even more. To prevent a glare, try purchasing an anti-glare screen. Another alternative is to paint the walls within your workspace with matte paint, as glare occurs when light reflects off surfaces. This can’t happen with paint that has no gloss.
6. Wear Glasses
There are plenty of options out there for those with and without a prescription. For those of you with a prescription, try to remember to wear your glasses. They are given to you for your protections, and can even be ordered with anti-glare in them. If you don’t have a prescription, most sporting goods stores carry polarized glasses that can help with the glare as well.