Nov 6, 2011

Does Staring at a Computer Affect Vision?

Do you ever wonder whether staring at a computer screen, or television, or the now-smaller screens of a tablet, kindle or phone affect your eyesight? I have been concerned about this lately because the amount of writing I'm doing online is increasing a lot.

When it comes to staring at a computer screen for hours, here are some suggestions for you:

1) Look up regularly and look off to the distance to rest your eyes, and so that they have to refocus. There are doctors who say to look away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes...the 20-20 rule. I work in front of a window, so look outside and enjoy nature regularly.

2) Have  the computer screen 18 or more inches from your eyes.

3) Don't sit in the dark staring at a bright screen for extended periods, the lighting that surrounds you should be similar to what you are looking at on the screen. When reading, I change the setting in my Kindle or Overdrive app to dark with white lettering. I often do this when I read before sleeping, and it makes me tired enough to doze of within about 15 minutes.

It's not a bad idea to get up from your computer every hour anyway, for health reasons...your circulation in particular. Too many of us are sitting far to long at our computers, with no movement of the body at all except our fingers...this is bad for us in so many ways. Set an alarm to go off every hour and get up and do a short task, stretch, or take a short walk.

Updated 3/30/16 ~ Image Credit - Pixabay

Getting away from the computer at regular intervals will benefit both your eyes and your body.

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