Nowadays we are living in the modern world surrounded with electronic devices including smart phones, laptops, tablets, iWatch, car GPS, etc In fact, these devices have provided us with a lot of assistance as well as entertainment. However, they have also impacted our eyes and our health negatively. It is well-known that electronic devices have made our vision worse. Nevertheless, it is hard for us to stay away from them. This article will provide you with some detailed information on how electric devices have affected our eyes together with how to protect our vision effectively from them.
How the electric devices have affected our eyes as well as our health?
In fact, medical experts have a special term for the negative impacts of electronic devices on our eyes called Computer Vision Syndrome. At the beginning, the term was mentioned in the context of office staff spending hours at their office and in front of their computer screens. However, nowadays, apart from office staff, there are billions of people who are suffering from the Computer Vision Syndrome symptoms daily all over the world. If you are reading these words, perhaps you are also one of them.
In fact, there are some common symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome as shown below:
- Itchy or watery eyes
- Dry eyes
- Blurred or double vision
- Photophobia or sensitivity to light
These aforementioned symptoms can lead to damaging your vision lightly or heavily. Most people ignore these symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome. However, once suffering from the symptoms for a long time, the Computer Vision Syndrome has its ability to damage your vision significantly. Below are some negative effects and facts that electronic devices have on your precious eyes:
You surely will blink less than your eyes have required
It is reported that normally, in a minute, our eyes blink from 12 to 15 times. In fact, the blinking helps our eyes spread a layer of tears covering the whole eyes in order to keep them lubricated. However, when our eyes are focusing on the screens of electronic devices, our brain will do exactly the same which makes our eyes forget to blink. As a direct result, in a minute we only blink from 6 to 8 times. In fact, this significant decreasing will make our eyes less lubricated, dry, as well as become red. Besides, we also provide home remedies for red eyes.
Unfavorable angles of your eyes will be used more than normal
If you look at the screens of electronic devices, your eyes will normally look down which means your eyes will be more affected by air ‘s drying.
The longer you look at the screen of electronic device, the closer your eyes will become to the screens which makes the Computer Vision Syndrome symptoms more worse
How to protect our vision effectively?
If you want to see the whole world clearly with your own eyes for the very long time from now, it is recommended to practice some of the tips proven to be effective and suggested by doctors as shown below:
- Stop using the electric devices if you feel any symptoms of the Computer Vision Syndrome. These symptoms are your eyes requiring to rest. If you keep ignoring, then you are damaging your eyes significantly.
- Take a break when using electric devices at least every hour. In fact, after 1 hour of using a computer for example, if you provide your eyes with only 5 minutes of rest, your future vision will be protected remarkably.
- Sit far enough from the screen. In detail, you should make sure that your minimum distance from the screen is your full arm’s length.
- Use special glasses to protect your eyes from blue light of electronic devices. You should ask for your doctor to take advantage of the special glasses.
- Protect and take care of your eyes with your diet.
Drink enough water
Water is so vital to our body including our eyes. If you provide your body with enough water, then you will keep your eyes away from the most common eye problems such as dry eyes. Moreover, drinking a lot of water has been an effective way to treat cataracts as well.
Provide your eyes with omega-3 fatty acids
Apart from taking care of your eyes, the omega-3 fatty acids will improve your overall health. In fact, the omega-3 fatty acids will strengthen your nerves which are related to your vision. You can provide your body with omega-3 fatty acids by eating salmon, olive oil as well as sardines.
Make sure that your body is provided with enough vitamin C
Vitamin C will keep your eyes safe from cataracts as well as slow macular degeneration. Oranges, guava, dark green vegetables, berries as well as yellow peppers have a lot of vitamin C for you.
Get a lot of vitamin A
It is obvious that your eyes require a rich source of vitamin A. To supply enough vitamin A for not only your eyes but also your whole body, you can take carrots, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes as well.