Your eyes have powerful muscles. The pupil can constrict and dilate based on the available light. The elastic lens accommodates in a glance to focus on objects near or far. Your eyes can shift from side to side 2 to 3 times a second, called saccades, or can use smooth pursuit movements to follow a target. What they were not developed to do is hold their position for hours at a time.
When you expect your eyes to fixate on one object, at one distance, your eyes begin to struggle. It is like holding your arms above your head for hours on end. At first, it feels easy but over time every muscle in your arms and back would be in pain. When you look at a computer screen all day you are asking your eyes to hold one position. The results of this digital eye strain can make you miserable.
If you must face a computer, television, or even a phone screen for long periods of time remember to give your eyes a break from time to time. Remember 20-20-20. Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This gives your eye muscles a break and a chance to stretch. Combine this with standing and stretching for an overall mental and physical boost.
Between computers, smartphones, televisions, electronic billboards, fast food menus, and even your navigation system in your car, when are you not looking at screens? Our world has so many screens they can sometimes feel unavoidable. They cause your eyes extra distress due to the blue light they emit which has a shorter wavelength and a larger scatter pattern. This light penetrates deeply into the eyes and may lead to eye strain, early cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. A blue light filter can be added to lenses to protect your eyes from the effects of blue light, ask us how.
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