According to a report released by Media Technology Monitor, the average Canadian spends between 24.5 and 34 hours per week online. That’s a whole lot of screen time! The question is whether your ever-increasing screen habits are having a negative effect on your eyesight? Let’s find out.
The most common consequences of too much screen time are eye strain and headaches. This happens because of squinting and blinking less, resulting in our eyes getting tired and having to work harder. Eye strain and infrequent blinking can also lead to irritated, dry eyes which can be as annoying as they are painful.
Unfortunately, dry, tired eyes aren’t the only potential consequence of too much screen time. Staring at a computer, smartphone or television for hours on end can also lead to bigger problems such as age-related macular degeneration. This is because regular exposure to blue light (which is emitted by all of the aforementioned devices) has been shown to cause significant damage to the retina over time.
What Can You Do About It?
The most obvious solution is to cut back on screen time altogether. However, if this isn’t possible due to work or school, it’s important that you take frequent breaks – preferably spending some time away from your desk outside. Also, try to be more aware of your blinking. The more you blink when working in front of a screen, the less strained your eyes will feel.
Finally, you may also want to consider investing in specialty eye glasses which provide blue light protection, and always visit your optometrist for regular eye tests to allow for early detection of any issues and eyesight deterioration.
Here at 3for1glasses, we are dedicated to helping you take proper care of your eyes. Not only do we offer professional eye exams, but we also offer you three pairs of glasses for the price of one. To learn more about this incredible offer or to make a booking, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.