The Dangers of Digital Eyestrain and What You Can Do
The world as we know it is changing and evolving at a shockingly rapid rate, and modern technology is now at the forefront of these changes and advancements. It may be hard to believe, but smartphones are not yet even ten years old, yet it can be hard to remember what life was like without them. Smartphones paved the way for the so-called ‘digital age’ and we are now more reliant on technology, especially smart tech, than ever before. Think about it: we do our banking online, we do our shopping online, we can even exchange money online, often with nothing more than our smartphones. Yes, technology has revolutionized the developed world, but there is a downside to this. Digital eyestrain is now a very frequently occurring condition that can affect people of all ages and genders. Currently, 66% of people own not only a smartphone but also a tablet as well as a laptop computer as well. 90% of these individuals use at least one of their devices for a minimum of two hours per day, with many people using them for much longer than that. Of these individuals, 70% of people have reported symptoms associated with digital eyestrain after using these devices, but what can be done? Let’s take a look, shall we?
What is Digital eyestrain?
Digital eyestrain is a condition which primarily affects your eyes, and it is believed to be caused by blue light. Blue light is not to be confused with ultra-violet light, as the two are very different to one another. Blue light, though close to UV light on light spectrums, is made up of incredibly short wavelengths, which in turn, means that it produces a significantly higher amount of energy than other forms of light. On average, the wavelengths of blue light will range from 380 nm to 500 nm. Experts, however, have found that there is significant evidence which appears to point to the fact that prolonged exposure to the blue light on the blue end of the light spectrum, could cause long-term damage to your eyes, which in this case, will come in the form of digital eyestrain. Blue light is all around us, and it is produced via our own sun, as well as from fluorescent light bulbs, and LEDs in our digital devices such as tablets, laptops, and smartphones. Digital eye strain is caused when the eyes constantly have to refocus themselves so that they can process text and graphics. Basically, it is caused because our eyes are having to work too hard, without enough of a break. Symptoms include:
• Blurred vision
• Sore eyes
• Itchy eyes
• Fatigued eyes
• Neck pain
• Back pain
• Dry eyes
Are smart phones to blame?
In truth, smartphones are certainly partly to blame for the nation’s declining eye health, though there are of course other contributing factors. In Australia, a whopping 86% of all households own at least one smartphone, which is actually the same percentage of households that also own laptops. That means that laptops and smartphones are now equally as popular. What’s more, just under 70% of individuals (67% to be exact) rank their smartphones as one of their top three most valuable devices. Of course, we can’t forget our trusty TVs, though surprisingly, for millennials, laptops are actually more popular for TV viewing than television sets themselves. For movies, however, TVs are still the favored outlet as 71% of us would rather watch a movie on a TV set than a smaller screened device. So, with many of us now preferring smart devices and computers to TVs with smaller screens, not to mention the fact that more and more of us also work in front of a computer screen for several hours each week, it’s no wonder why our eyes are suffering so much.
What can be done to tackle digital eyestrain?
As you can see, modern technology appears to be here to stay, and with it becoming more advanced with each passing year, we will almost certainly become more reliant on it. Whilst this is generally a good thing, unfortunately, it’s not good for our eyes, but what can be done? Well, there are certain eye exercises you can do to help tackle the problem, plus you can purchase effective computer glasses, like those offered by EXYRA. Here are a few suggestions on how you can protect your eyes against digital eyestrain.
The 20-20-20 method – This method is incredibly effective, and is extremely simple to perform as well. Basically, whether you’re working at a computer, or simply watching videos on your smartphone, every 20 minutes, give yourself a 20-second break, and focus your eyes on an object which is roughly 20 feet away. Apparently you don’t need to be exact here, but try to be as precise as you can. This helps give your eyes a rest and stops them from straining, allowing them to refocus on the object in the distance. Repeat this several times throughout the day, and you will quickly find yourself experiencing noticeable improvements.
Computer glasses – As mentioned, computer glasses are incredibly beneficial for combating and preventing the symptoms associated with digital eyestrain. EXYRA for example, specializes in computer glasses that offer 100% UV protection and block harmful blue light rays that help to relax your vision, and protect your eyes from the dangers associated with digital eyestrain. The glasses provide a ultra-stylish design, they’re comfortable, and they will provide crystal clear vision throughout the day. Computer glasses look and feel just like any other glasses, with the added bonus of enhancing contrast and giving the wearer a whole new viewing experience.