According to Kleiner Perkins Internet Analyst, Mary Meeker, in the United States, people spend an average of 444 minutes every day looking at screens, or 7.4 hours. That breaks down to 147 minutes spent watching TV, 103 minutes in front of a computer, 151 minutes on a smartphones and 43 minutes with a tablet. With almost ⅓ of the day staring at some sort of screen, the question is, will staring at the screen too long ruin your eyes?
Staring at any screen for long periods of time can cause eye fatigue, dryness, and headaches, but there’s no evidence that this will lead to permanent eye damage.
To avoid these symptoms, taking regular breaks will make computer work or Internet surfing more comfortable. Use the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, take a break and focus on an object at least 20 feet away, for 20 seconds.
Another solution is to look into anti-fatigue lenses at Dr. Tavel (no pun intended).
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