The need for online school and online socializing in order to keep safe during the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a steep increase in screen time for most children and teens. This information from a recent New York Times article confirms this fact: "When the coronavirus lockdowns started in March, the kids' tech firm SuperAwesome found that screen time was up 50%. Nearly a year later, that percentage hasn't budged, according to new figures from the firm." With all of this additional screen time, children's eye health is at risk. The good news is blue light-cut screen protectors can help prevent macular degeneration, reduce eyestrain and headaches, and may even keep sleep patterns stable. But what is blue light and why can it have these negative effects on human health?Continue reading
Ergonomists — those who are concerned with providing the safest environment for workers — know that long-term computer use can lead to serious health hazards. Staring at a monitor screen for hours on end can be irritating to a worker's eyes causing headaches, fatigue, eye strain, and even long-term eye damage.
Here are some helpful tips to make viewing a computer screen for long periods of time more ergonomically-friendly, which may, in turn, create a safer and more productive environment for the workplace.
Cut out the glare and reduce your eye strain!
“Eye strain does not have serious or long-term consequences, but it can be disruptive and unpleasant” says the Mayo Clinic. “It can make you tired and reduce your ability to concentrate.”
Eye strain (also known as asthenopia) is caused by overuse of the eyes. Activities such as reading for long periods of time or focusing too long at a computer screen or on other tedious visual tasks are some of the common culprits contributing to wide-spread asthenopia. We hear from many people about the eye strain they experience caused by staring at the computer screen for too long, which leads to a condition known as Computer Vision Syndrome (or CVS).