April 5, 2016
Staring at a computer all day is not healthy. I say this as I am currently going on 10 hours in front of my computer (I did get up to eat and stretch a couple times…and gave my eyes a break by staring at my phone instead). So, maybe I’m being a bit of a hypocrite by writing this. It’s okay. I accept what I am.
Despite my current hypocrisy, I recognize that sitting, especially sitting and staring at a screen all day, is not what we were evolutionarily designed to do. Every once in a while would be no big deal, but many of us do it 5-7 days a week, for 8-10 hours at a time. There are a lot of negative implications of sitting at a desk all day – poor circulation, neck and back issues from poor posture, poor digestion, and high blood pressure and cholesterol. Even more so, it can do a real number on your eyes. Your vision is not something that can be fixed by your standing desk.
Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS – not to be confused with the pharmacy) or Digital Eye Strain is eye or vision-related problems that result from extended use in front of a screen (that screen can be your computer, tablet, phone, or TV). Symptoms can include headaches, burning/stinging eyes, sensitivity to light, and decreased ability to concentrate which in turn leads to reduced productivity.
Digital screens cause more eye problems than print media for a number of reasons. We tend to blink less when looking at these screens. We fight glare and low-contrast background and text. We look at our screens too closely or at bad angles. These all contribute to eye fatigue, which can be seen as similar to physical fatigue we feel after working out.
Ecommerce glasses retailer FramesDirect and infographic design agency NowSourcing put together this infographic that spells out the risks of too much screen time as well as offers some tips to make things less painful. Even more info can be found here.
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