Do you and/or someone you know have an internet-connected device? If so, this article is for you. :-)
Many of us depend on a variety of internet-connected devices each day. Among the most common are smartphones, tablets, e-readers (such as the Kindle), laptops and desktops. We use these devices for any number of things...playing games, checking/responding to emails, reading the latest news, keeping up with social media, work projects and so much more.
Did you know that staring at tiny screens can cause a variety of issues? Issues such as blurred/strained vision, sore/fatigued eyes, headaches, migraines, muscle strain, dry eye, facial/neck/back issues, poor sleep/insomnia, etc. Some devices have even been known to affect balance and stability. Contributing factors include prolonged use, poor lighting, gadget glare, poor posture, icons that zoom in and out, uncorrected vision issues and so on, This is often referred to as Computer Vision Syndrome...also known as Digital Eye Strain. Our beloved gadgets are literally a pain in the neck.
There is hope. You don't have to stop using your internet-connected devices. Here are some solutions to help prevent issues:
The list is endless.
One other suggestion is to reduce blue light exposure. Blue light falls within the spectrum of high energy visible light due to its shorter wavelength. Blue light aids in increased energy and focus, but can also be detrimental, causing any number of issues (refer to those previously mentioned). Light with longer wavelengths, such as red light, will contain lower amounts of energy and light. Among the benefits of red light are a feeling of calm, reduction of eye strain (and other problems) and promotion of a good night's sleep. Some smartphones, such as the iPhone, now have the option to set a blue light filter. There are also programs and apps available for protective use. F.lux is an awesome one...and it's free!
Stay smart, stay healthy!
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