We live in a virtually panoramic environment. Our brains work much better when they take full advantage of picture and sound, and we now have the technological ability to do almost anything on one screen: to train, to entertain and to entertain, to be informed, to work – everything can be done in front of a laptop screen, or in front of a TV.
The remarkable thing is that when the rest of our body is resting from our work. Where we may have used screens again, our eyes should continue to serve us while we rest. Perhaps through watching television, or as we surf while relaxing on the internet.
All of this requires the use of our eyes – and the more intense the use of such devices, the more intense our eyes need to work. However, this has its consequences as well.
This phenomenon has not gone unnoticed by scientists’ research. Many studies and surveys have been repeatedly and repeatedly aimed at identifying the impact that all this workload has on our eyes. The potential problems and whether there are ways to address these difficulties.
Research published on this topic has revealed that the number of people suffering from eye diseases is increasing due to the increased exposure of their eyes to computer screens or televisions. The figure is staggering: according to what we know today, 9 out of 10 users have clear signs of eye strain and suffer, to a greater or lesser degree, some form of eye disease.
According to these studies, the main ways in which this stress is expressed are:
- Severe pain and feeling exhausted in the area of the eyes.
- Blurred vision and instant or more persistent difficulty in focusing.
- The symptom of diplopia, in which the person, while looking at a particular object, sees two images. While for example, it focuses on 1 tree, it sees 2.
- Intense and unjustified tear secretion.
- Ocular dryness.
- Too often eyelashes are thrown away.
- Photophobia, an abnormal sensitivity of the eyes to natural or artificial light.
At the same time, these symptoms, as they become more and more severe, also cause wider problems and malfunctions in the body, such as
- severe migraine or persistent headaches,
- persistent pain in the neck and upper torso,
- dizziness or, in rare cases, vertigo,
- hypertension and nervousness.
Of course, the symptoms and problems mentioned rarely appear on their own. They usually appear in combination and in increasing intensity. The point is exactly what causes these symptoms.
The minds of most of us obviously go to the radiation from computer screens and television. However, research has shown that it is negligible and that it cannot cause all these problems per se. So what is the root cause?
Basically the answer may be different in each case and the most appropriate one to give is the ophthalmologist who will be able to determine if the problem is manageable, and how exactly. It is not excluded that other malfunctions of the body can cause similar symptoms, and by treating them, any discomfort in our visual system.
Whatever the case, prevention is always better than cure. Our eyes are a remarkable creation and a valuable tool, allowing us to not only survive but also enjoy life.
So let’s look at some simple ways we can protect and care for them.
- If we work long hours in front of a screen it is good to take a look at it for 1 – 2 minutes every half hour. Such breaks help the eye to recover, moisten well and be able to focus again in a particularly bright area.
- All screens now have several adjustment options that allow the user to reduce brightness to the point where they can work and protect their eye health. Remember that edges are just as damaging to the eyes: a very dark screen consumes them just as a very bright one.
- The contrast of the screen is just as important, especially with regard to the symbols of the letters and numbers against their background. The more legible the texts we work on, the better for our eyes.
- Make sure the screen does not reflect other light sources, such as windows or lamps. Shut these sources off or turn your screen in another direction.
- Our office space should be a bit darker. This helps the eye focus on the brightest area of the screen. If there are bright lights around, the eye gets tired much faster.
- If your primary problem is dry eye, it’s good to remember the root causes of it: the dry, dry atmosphere, which is often caused by improper use of heating systems or air conditioners, and by those who work with computers less frequently. then their eyes are normal.
- As we know the causes, we can also find ways to deal with it. And this is needed because dry eye often causes conjunctivitis and/or keratitis. You can take advantage of humidifier technology and moisturize your eyes with artificial tears as often as you feel it is needed.
- Make better use of LCD screens at a distance appropriate to its size and proportionate to the quality of your vision.
Make sure the top of the screen is slightly lower than your eye height.