Healthy Living: Keep Your Eyes Healthy

Posted by Tyler Smith on Apr 17, 2017 8:16:00 AM
Tyler Smith

eye-health.jpgScreens are becoming increasingly more present and at a younger age than ever before. According to the American Optometric Association, a survey has shown that 88 percent of Americans know digital devices have harmful impacts on their vision.

Nonetheless, the average American spends more than seven hours a day looking at a screen.

The overexposure of blue light (the high-energy visible light that comes from digital screens) leads to multiple stresses to your eyes including eye strains, sleeping problems, blurred vision, and headaches. Macular degeneration is an eye disease linked to the overuse of electronic screens.

What can I do to help my eyes?

  • Implement the 20-20-20 rule: When using a blue-light screen, you should take a 20-second break every 20 minutes and look at something at least 20 feet away. This will give your eyes a chance to relax.
  • Keep your distance from the screen: Keeping your eyes at least an arm’s length away will be easier on your eyes.
  • Power down screens before bed: Powering down about an hour before you turn in will help you sleep.
  • Adjust your screen so the brightness matches your environment’s brightness: This will put less strain on your eyes.

Be well.

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