SCREEN TIME PUTS YOUR VISION AT RISK
Nearly 4 in 10 millenials spend at least 9 hours on digital devices each day. Filipinos spend 6 hours online on computer and 3 hours on mobile device. Most device emit high-energy visible (HEV) light or “blue-light”, which has potential long-term effects to retinal cells. 47% of Filipinos use more than one screen at a time.
WHAT IS COMPUTER VISION SYNDROME?
CVS is the physical eye discomfort felt by many individuals after two or more hours in front of a digital screen.
Using a digital screen for 2 hours can already result to eyestrain. Up to 90% of computer users can experience CVS symptoms.
CVS can reduce productivity in school and work by as much as 20%.
A person’s blink rate reduce significantly when using a digital screen. Blue light exposure has been linked with retina damage.
Follow the 20-20-20 rule: look away from your screen every 20 minutes, for 20 seconds, at something 20 feet away to recharge eyes and normalize blink rate.
Every 30 minutes, step away from the screen and stretch your neck, arms, and shoulders.
Rub your palms briskly together and place them over your eyes to soothe strain.
Remember to blink once in a while when working.
Computer and laptops should be used at arms’ length. Attach a glare reduction filter to your screen. Wipe your screens regularly to reduce glare.
Adjust the brightness of your device: a dim screen makes it harder for eyes to focus.
If possible, adjust the text size and contrast on your device to optimum levels.
Screens should be directly in front of your face and below your eye level. Lessen (but don’t eliminate) light that competes with your device screen.
Take an eye exam annually, even if you’re already wearing glasses. Constant use of digital devices increases your risk for vision-related issues.
Vision Express has blue coat digital lenses that can protect you from blue light exposure.
Lutina lenses are also available to help reduce damage and save your lutein.