There's no denying that over 90% of today's corporate working class spend more than 8 hours a day behind a blue light emitting computer screen. And this is the same population behind the modern-day pulsating economy. Each vicious tap on the keyboard or mouse click affects the flow of dollars and euros around the world. Nonetheless, as much as world's largest economies are driven by people working on computers; the same tools could be working against them than for them. In fact, it is estimated that 50 to 80% of the present day office workers suffer from some kind of eye problem or show symptoms optical defects. Defects that crop from staring at a computer's monitor for long hours. And this is just the tip of the iceberg that has become the bane of our fast-paced lifestyle.
My Old Mac's CRT
From experience, I couldn't agree more. Years ago when I was just a budding writer for a local daily I used to spend more than 10 hours everyday compiling reports, typing and editing stories from my correspondents. As it is usually the norm, the job required one to sit in a dingy office gazing, winking, scowling and smiling at a cathode ray screen. Those days laptops and LED screens were still part of the world's vision 2050. Now, if you have ever used a CRT monitor then you know that most of the time the glare from such a screen is in-adjustable and unreasonably bright. So, as a result of fixating my eyes on such a screen for hours on the end I developed what my optician called 'Computer Vision Syndrome.'
Need For Glasses
After the first diagnosis, I thought that he had invented the term as a fancy way of getting me to splurge some large dollars into a special eye treatment course. However, the irritation, itchiness, and dryness worsened to a point where I could spend more time rubbing my eyes than typing. That was when I threw in the blanket and decided to pay for expensive photochromatic glasses and annoying eyedrops to match. And this was only after my head began pounding because of all the straining and squinting.
On retrospect, I think the rain started beating me long before I even realized that people blink less than normal when working on a computer. On average, a person will blink about 18 times per minute ( which, of course, refreshes and rejuvenates the eye naturally) but studies show that when your eyes are fixated on a screen the rate reduces drastically to 5-10 times per minute. Over time, this breeds eyestrain, visual fatigue migraines, itchy eyes among a host of other eye problems.
But before you start heaping blames-upon-blames on my old computer for my deteriorating eyesight, you may want to take this into consideration. For starters, when reading a book, magazine, journal, etc., the reading material is usually in a lowered position. On the other hand, having your computer screen directly in front of you is not only unnatural but also awkward and detrimental to the neck muscles.
Secondly, most people position their monitors and laptop screens only about a foot from their eyes. This either happens out of habit or necessity for those of us who don't fancy squinting to read tiny font. The result is usually an intensive concentration stint that can extend for hours depending on an individual's attention span. And given that a good number of people suffer from the disease of poor time management, then this could easily translate to long hours every day.
Thirdly, the flickering light from a computer's screen is short-wavelength-enriched. Which means that unlike natural daylight it has a high concentration of the dangerous blue light rays compared to light from other artificial sources such as fluorescent bulbs.
Possible solutions to this problem
If you fit the above description and haven't yet started complaining of any eye issues, then it's high time you took some measures to make sure that doesn't happen soon. First of all, you can start right now by reducing the glare from your monitor. Angle the screen a bit in such a way that you can no longer see reflections of the light above on it. In effect, this reduces the amount of unnecessary light entering your eyes.
Second on the list, make sure that your monitor is positioned more than 20 inches from your eye level. If you're short-sighted, considering getting a diagnostic pair of glasses to correct the problem instead of moving your computer closer to you. Once again, a reasonable distance from the monitor keeps excessive exposure to blue light at bay.
Thirdly, learn and master the 20-20-20 rule. Which means that for every 20 minutes of a continuous concentration plan, take a 20-second break by looking 20 feet away. In as much as it is easily said than done, the 20-20-20 rule helps readjust the oblique and rectus eyeball muscles by refreshing and refocusing your vision.
Vitamins For Better Visions
Lastly, and this is actually more important than all the above, invest in a good vitamin D source. I say vitamin D since it has been proven in the past that it is one of the major factors that contribute towards slow eye-aging. And aside from that, there is substantial scientific evidence that proves that Vitamin D assists in improving human vision, reducing retinal inflammation and eye damage. But even with that said, you already know that it's hard to come across a supplement which is specifically optimized solely for vitamin D, right?
And that brings to the revolutionary Jarrow Formulas Blackcurrant Plus Lutein, which is saving million of eye sights around the world. Unlike your ordinary vitamin supplement, Jarrow Formulas contains a high content of polyphenol pigments sourced naturally from black currants. And not only is this a good source of vitamin D, but it is also proven to reduce eye fatigue significantly and promote eye function.
So with one or two capsules per day, you can say goodbye to visual fatigue, eye discomfort, eye-straining, and itchiness. At the end of the day, remember that your eyesight is the single most important sense out of the five common ones. And it is only fair if you treated it as such.