How Texting Affects Your Eyes
Feb 17th, 2016 - Blog

Technology has changed our lives in so many different ways; from making convenience a key aspect to our lives, to making knowledge obtainable with a touch of a button. Technology make its way into our in different forms. Televisions, Ipads, Nookbooks, and computers are with us every second of the day. However, the most used are cellular devices. Although they make communication and information convenient, they also strain your eyes. Cellphones are one of the worst culprits in digital eye strain due to their convenience and portability.

There are many of us out there that spend a majority of our day on our cellphones, which results in a large percentage of us being at risk for eye strain. The number one reason being that we forget to blink when staring at our screens. This is not just limited to cellphones but televisions, computers, video games and much more. Our eyes need to constantly blink in order to lubricate the eyes and keep them moist. When reading and staring at our screens, we automatically tend to lose focus on blinking. The second most common reason why cellphone are the main culprit to eye strain is due to tilted screens that cause the inability for our eyes to focus. The pixilated and tiny images on our screens leave our eyes squinting which causes our eyes to work twice as hard.

Many cellphone users hold their cellphones close to their face. This motion can cause eye strain, blurriness, and headaches. Your eyes are working three times more to focus on the text and to position the eyes in the proper direction. Approximately a quarter percentage of people will suffer from eye strain. This percentage increases as smartphones become more and more involved within our daily lives.  To ensure that you are keeping your eye strain to a minimum, it is recommended by eye care physicians that you increase the font size on your device and have your vision tested for closer distances. The prominent aspect of cellphones is that they are backlit and portable. This prominent aspect is crucial in the reasons why many abuse these advantages. Even though the cellphone is backlit, the back light itself is not nearly enough to prevent eye strain when looking at the screen in dark or poorly lit rooms. When using an electronic device, such as a cellphone, should be used with an overhead light to protect yourself again glares that are typically common in causing eye strain.

Common symptoms of eye strain is:

 

  • Headaches
  • Focusing difficulties
  • Burning
  • Aching
  • Dry/tired eyes
  • Double vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Light sensitivity

Eye strain relief solutions:

 

  • Hold your phone inches away from your face, instead of down towards your lap. This will also help prevent neck strain.
  • Apply artificial tears if you’re looking at the screen for more than 30 minutes at a time.
  • Follow the 10-10-10 rule. Take a break in 10 minute intervals and focus on an object 10 ft away for 10 seconds.

Here are five exercises that were created for eye strain relief:

  • Blinking: Keep blinking every four seconds to ensure eye strain relief.
  • Palming: Rub your palms together to create heat. Form your hands into cup shapes and press them against your closed eyes.
  • Eye rolling: Close your eyes and roll your eyes in circular motions. This is a massage for eye strain relief. This motion lubricates your eyes and eases muscle strain.
  • Visual Scanning: Scan the outlines of the objects in the room. Visually observe your surroundings. This eye strain relief exercise makes a consistent and deliberate motion as you visually observed everything around you.

Focusing: Take your focus off the screen and focus on something else for a couple seconds to a minute.

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