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Our Computers Are Killing Our Eyes

While computers and smartphones can make life a lot simpler for most people, there are definitely negative effects associated with too much technology. One such problem area is our eyesight, with more and more people suffering vision problems due to too much time on the computer.

According to he American Optometric Association’s (AOA) 2015 American Eye-Q survey, 58% of adults report experiencing digital eyestrain or vision problems because of too much time in front of a computer or device screen.

Overall, 56% of those surveyed say their computers and laptops were the devices that caused them the most vision problems, while 26% were bothered by their mobile phones, and only 8% had issues with their tablets. As for what the biggest issue was, 76% blamed their eye issues on the blue light from digital devices.

So what can you do to protect your eyes while you’re on your devices. Well, here are some tips:

  • Follow the 20-20-20 rule – It’s smart to take a 20-second break, every 20 minutes and look at something 20 feet away
  • Keep Your Distance – Make sure you’re sitting a comfortable distance from your monitor, generally between 20 and 28 inches from the front of the screen
  • Check the Angles – It’s recommended your computer screen be 15 to 20 degrees, or about four or five inches below eye level as measured from the center of the screen.
  • Decrease Glare– -Try using a glare filter to decrease the amount of light reflected from the scene
  • Blink – Try to remember to blink frequently to minimize chances of developing dry eyes

Source: Yahoo Tech

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