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ELECTRONIC DEVICES VS YOUR EYES: WHO WINS?

In recent times there has been an increased sensitization on the protection of our eyes. The increased use of electronic devices such as laptops and smartphones have not been without their negative effects. Due to increased focus on our screens, many people have started going the way of “glasses” because of poor sight due to constant eye strain.

Accompanying this is a variety of problems from physical fatigue, decreased productivity and increased number of work errors, to minor annoyances such as eye twitching and red eyes. It’s gradually creating eye deficiencies in many and permanently damaging the eyes of the young, middle-aged and even the old.

To save your eyes from the damaging effects too much exposure to light from your electronic devices, there’s are a couple of things you need to note.

Get An Eye Test

A comprehensive eye exam is necessary, having a routine comprehensive eye exam is the most important thing you can do to prevent or treat electronic device vision problems. If you haven’t had an eye exam in over a year, schedule a visit with an eye doctor near you.

Use Proper Lighting

Lighting is essential in protecting your eyes, always make sure the environment is properly lit (Halogen bulb dey save eye oooo), and prevent the use of too much light as it affects the retina directly. Sitting in front of windows or directly behind can be bad for your eyes, to remedy this try sitting sideways to the window, that way you don’t strain your eyes. Using phones in the dark (let’s face it, we are all guilty of this) kills the eyes slowly, as “night crawlers” are always clacking away at keyboards, chatting on their phones in the cover of night. Save your eyes by adjusting the computer or phone display brightness.

Try Blinking

A very simple habit to help your eyes from going bad is blinking regularly. Due to the long hours spent in front of a screen (especially in an office environment). There are fewer tendencies to blink as the focus is on whatever task is at hand, blinking moistens your eyes to prevent dryness and irritation. To reduce your risk for computer vision syndrome and neck, back and shoulder pain, stretch out your joints at intervals or during your break at work.

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