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Screen Time Affecting Our Eyes

POSTED ON December 13, 2010

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Black Friday has come and gone as it does every year with large crowds, long lines, and lots of electronics!  Electronics and tech gadgets seem to be the hot items year after year that entice people to get up extra early, wait in line, and get competitive as the doors open.  The holiday fight for electronics is a good example of our society’s love for communication as well as screen-time. Computers, smart phones, ...

Black Friday has come and gone as it does every year with large crowds, long lines, and lots of electronics!  Electronics and tech gadgets seem to be the hot items year after year that entice people to get up extra early, wait in line, and get competitive as the doors open.  The holiday fight for electronics is a good example of our society’s love for communication as well as screen-time.

Computers, smart phones, Wii’s, 3D TVs, and iPads are just a few items on any electronic-lovers wish list this holiday season. Wish lists like these have eye care doctors worried about the amount of screen time the eyes focus on each and every day and how much screen time will affect our eyes in the future.  This screen time continues to multiply as our world becomes further connected and instant communication becomes more the norm.

Indiana eye doctors like Dr. Tavel and his board certified associates see numerous patients each year with computer vision syndrome as they log many hours in front of a computer or other screen not giving their eyes a break.  Eye strain is the most common symptom reported. 

This video from VSP discusses our society’s infatuation with instant communication and what has changed since the advent of cell phones, computers, and other tech gadgets.  We log a lot of screen time!

How Do Computers Affect Your Eyesight?

It is important to take multiple “eye” breaks during the day.  Remember the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.  This will help with basic eye strain as well as blinking more often, having proper lighting, and modifying your workstation among other tips which can be found at Allaboutvision.com.  Getting a yearly eye examination is also a way to help, schedule yours today and enjoy your screen time (and new gadgets) safely tomorrow!

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