Your mother wasn’t far off when she said, staring at computer screens all day would give you square eyes. Several scientific studies have identified blue light to be as harmful as the sun’s ultraviolet light on our eyes. The American Optometric Association has recognized the overuse of computers causes computer vision syndrome. This groups together numerous eye and vision-related complications linked to extended computer use.
Take 30 seconds now to concentrate on your eyes, do they feel sore? We tend to ignore minor discomfort, but as the time spent on a computer increases, the pain in our eyes increases.
If you close your eyes now for 30 seconds, does the pain go away? That’s very close to what it feels like after 10 minutes of wearing blue light computer glasses while looking at the screen.
The average Australian spends approximately seven hours a day in front of a computer screen and 4-6 hours a day in front of a mobile device. To help relieve digital eye strain, you should look away from the screen at 20-minute increments, out a window, down the street if at all possible.
The most common effects of Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) or Digital Eye Strain are;
– Blurred vision
– Dry eyes
– Neck pain
– Shoulder pain
It’s common for these effects above to be associated with;
– poor lighting around your computer
– sunlight glare or auxiliary light on your computer screen
– improper viewing distances or computer screen angle
– incorrect seating posture, either above or below the screen
– vision problems
Numerous scientific studies published across the globe have identified Blue Light as dangerous. Researchers from the University of Toledo identified it could cause molecules inside the eye to become “toxic.”
Over time this can lead to macular degeneration — one of the most likely causes of blindness.