#18 Forms and Focus Discussion on Eye Fatigue
Take an eye break.
Breaks are critical, even your eyes need a break. The average American spends close to 8 hours a day looking at screens and checking their phones 58 times a day. All this without resting our eyes. In this podcast, we will talk about the problems of eye fatigue and some simple solutions to rest your eyes.
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0:00 - Intro
1:20 - Problem - We don’t rest our eyes.
7:00 - Solution/Habits for better focus.
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SHOW NOTES FOR EPISODE #18
- Data Reportal, the average American spends 7 hrs and 11 min looking at a screen every day.
- Most people check their phones 58 times a day. Thirty of those times are during work hours.
- 70% of phone sessions are less than 2 minutes.
- March 11, 2019 – the average office worker spends 1,700 hours per year in front of a computer screen and that doesn’t include our addiction to phones and other digital devices.
- Why does the computer strain the eyes more than reading print material? Mainly because people tend to blink less while using computers.
- American Academy of Ophthalmology, Focusing the eyes on computer screens or other digital displays has been shown to reduce a person’s blink rate by a third to a half, which tends to dry out the eyes. We also tend to view digital devices at less than ideal distances or angles. Link
- American Academy of Optometry, published an article Jan 2019, concluded that blue light filters are no more effective at reducing the symptoms of digital eye strain than a neutral filter
- Keep your distance: The eyes actually have to work harder to see close up than far away. Try keeping the monitor or screen at arm’s length, about 25 inches away. Position the screen so your eye gaze is slightly downward.
- Adjust lighting: If a screen is much brighter than the surrounding light, your eyes have to work harder to see. Adjust your room lighting and try increasing the contrast on your screen to reduce eye strain.
- Give your eyes a break: Remember to blink and follow the 20-20-20 rule. Take a break every 20 minutes by looking at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Looking into the distance allows your eyes to relax.
- Keep eyes moist: Keep artificial tears at hand to help lubricate your eyes when they feel dry. Consider using a desktop humidifier. Office buildings have humidity-controlled environments that suck moisture out of the air. In winter, heaters on high can further dry your eyes.
- Stop using devices before bed: There is evidence that blue light may affect the body’s circadian rhythm, our natural wake and sleep cycle. During the day, blue light wakes us up and stimulates us.
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