How Too Much Screen Time Affects Eye Health

ViteyesEye Health, Nutrition

Blue light surrounds us every day. Whether emitted from the sun, your television screen, your computer monitor, or your smartphone, the high-frequency rays bombard your eyes daily and can be detrimental to your ocular health. Because blue light emanates from the technological tools we use, excessive screen time makes a very real difference in health, especially your vision.

Unpleasant side effects of blue light can be subtle. Some of the most common ones are:

  • Light sensitivity
    • When you look away from the screen, are you having difficulty seeing or find yourself squinting due to the difference in lighting?
  • Itchy or red eyes
    • Are you rubbing your eyes because they are itchy? Do you find yourself using products to reduce redness or swelling around your eyes?
  • Blurry vision
    • Can you see clearly or is the world blurry when you look up from your phone? Do you have to take more time often to focus?
  • Dry eyes
    • Do your eyes feel like they have sand in them? Are you putting in drops excessively? Do you find yourself blinking more?
  • Headaches
    • Are you experiencing pain behind your eyes? Are you finding tension in your neck and forehead?
  • Sleep problems
    • Are you having trouble falling asleep? Are you waking up throughout the night?

All of these are symptoms of blue light exposure. However, all is not lost; the detrimental effects of blue light can be managed with proper behaviors. You can reduce eye strain by simply changing your routine in small ways.

Take a moment and close your eyes. The Canadian Ophthalmological Society (C.O.S.) recommends that when your job requires that you stare at a screen, be sure to take a break for 20 seconds and stare at something in the distance for 20 seconds.

According to The C.O.S., “while watching tv, the lighting in the room should be noticeably dimmer – by about 50 percent – than the illumination of the screen.” Professionals recommend watching tv directly in front of you with lighting that does not reflect on the screen or cause a glare.

Wear sunglasses – the sun emits the bluest light of any source. Blue light filtering eye protection has been developed, too.

If too much screen time causes dry eyes, you may look for a supplement to help hydrate your eyes. Viteyes offers a Tear Support formula that protects and stimulates tear production to help increase hydration to the eyes.