Computers, Smartphones & Tablets: Are They Destroying Our Eyes?

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With our ever growing innovation and technological advancement comes more and more time spent in front of various screens projecting pixels and graphics.

Desktops, laptops, smartphones and tablets have taken over our worlds. Over a third of U.S. adults spend 5 hours a day with some kind of digital media, and 14% spend 11 hours a day.

It’s not necessarily always by choice, many of today’s professions require continued use of computers, smartphones or tablets. These innovative technologies have made the world a better place, for sure, but they definitely have some affect on your eyes and it may be worse than you think.

Obviously, looking at these screens too long can cause eye strain.

What is eye strain? Red eyes, difficulty changing focus, stinging eyes, blurred or double vision, increased sensitivity, burning eyes, headaches and fatigue, dry or watery eyes are all signs of eye strain.

Far too many people deal with eye strain on a daily basis, but fear not, the same thing causing us to look at screens more and more could be the same thing to help us all: growing innovation and technological advancement.

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Ways To Keep Your Eyes From Straining

The big problem from using these technologies is that most people blink significantly less than usual during use. Not blinking as often leads to dry, unhealthy eyes.

Pixelation can be a problem as well. If the pixels are spaced too far apart, it can create fuzzy or distorted graphics. This is present in old software, low resolution images and incorrect resolution settings.

20-20-20-ruleThere are definitely some ways you can help to keep your eyes healthy and reduce the effects of eye strain. You could enlarge your font on all of your devices, this will reduce squinting and straining to see smaller print.

Make sure to keep your screens clean and dim background light. Take 20-20-20 breaks. Every 20 minutes that you’re working at a computer, look away for 20 seconds at an object that’s 20 feet away.

This will help keep the eyes resting even while they are being used in strenuous ways.

A way to help reduce eye strain is what’s known as eye-gonomics. Here are some helpful eye-gonomics diagrams of how best to view computers, smartphones or tablets to keep eye strain from happening as often:

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Helpful Technology

Retina display could override eye strain altogether. Retina display is a term created by Apple in referring to their devices that have a pixel density so high that the naked eye can’t see individual pixels.

Samsung has recently joined in, along with many other companies jumping on this retina display technology. This type of display is a solution to the pixelation problem, and makes viewing these displays much better for your eyes.

As this retina display technology gets even better, eye strain may become a thing of the old technology past. Even as these technologies evolve and make it much better on our eyes, you still need to blink every once and awhile.

The decrease in blinking while staring into these screens is still a problem, so remember to blink and still use the 20-20-20 rule.

Your eyes are your vision, take care of them!


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