Computer Screens: Are They Bad for Your Eyes?

Computer Vision SyndromeIf you’re one those people who spend hours in front of a computer screen every day, you’ve probably experienced eyestrain and eye discomfort at least once. Screen-induced comfort, also known as computer vision syndrome is so common, especially that staring at a computer monitor has become a part of the modern workday.

You’re Hurting Your Eyes

The sad news is, staring at digital screen eyes can hurt your eyes. Long hours of sitting in front of computer screen, according to Time Magazine, can make the muscles grow tired from focusing on a single fixed point. There are also cases when muscles become so fatigued that the eyes can no longer focus. Studies suggest the people also tend to blink less when working online, resulting in tearing, dry eyes, or even a burning sensation.

Research notes that too much bright light from the screen can damage retinas irreversibly. This only means that staring at a digital screen that is too bright could damage the eyes. This is why an article from Business Insider Australia suggests limiting blue light exposure in the first place. It is also a good idea to reduce brightness of the screen to help reduce eyestrain and fatigue.

Problems With Long Screen Time

The Australian Institute of Eye Surgery Digital notes that screen time can cause or contribute to visual problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. It is common for long-time computer users to see blurred or imperfect images. Inefficient teeming of the eyes may also develop.

It is best to schedule an eye exam with a doctor to know if you need computer glasses. Prescription glasses are designed for the specific distance between your eyes and the digital screen. For extreme cases of vision problems or astigmatism, LASIK can correct the problem.

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Computer use is inevitable in modern working day, so it is advisable to counteract the problem. It is best to blink or use eye drop to keep the eyes from getting to dry. You should also increase the size of text when necessary, as looking at a smaller font can make you squint and cause you look closer at the screen.