How much time do you spend staring at a screen? Since the introduction of the internet and social media, most of the UK population now spends hours a day staring at a screen. Technology has also changed the types of jobs we now have so most of us may spend up to 8 hours a day looking at a screen purely because of the job we have. According to a recent report the average worker will spend 1,700 hours per year in front of the computer (and this is just office time). This has led to many people questioning if this will affect their eyesight and will they eventually go blind?
Well the short answer is no, you won’t go blind. But of course, looking at a screen for long periods of time can cause some issues. You will most likely suffer from eyestrain or fatigue, this on many occasions could leave you with eye pain or headaches. The most permanent consequence from looking at a screen for too long could be wrinkles, this is because many people tent to squint whilst looking at their computer.
In today’s world you can’t avoid working with a computer so I would suggest you follow these simple tips to help reduce side effects. Make sure you look away from your screen around every 20 minutes. This is extremely important as your eyes can only focus for so long and they need a break. I would suggest you go for a quick walk in the office or make a drink. It is important to take these breaks throughout the day to help reduce eye strain.
Other health issues that relate to too much screen time is neck and back pain. People who tend to work in an office will generally get these issues from the position they sit in when looking at a screen. I would suggest your computer is positioned just below eye level. This is ideal as it means you won’t have to bend your neck in a position for too long. You also want to make sure your screen is at least 20 inches away from you as it is never good to sit too close.
If you are extremely worried about your eye sight you may want to keep in mind that it is important not to look at a screen with a glare on it. Try to position your screen away from the window, if you have a glare on the computer your eyes will have to work harder. Also make sure you have an eye test once a year to avoid any serious eyesight issues.
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