* This is a guest post by Tim
Do you spend just about your entire day sat in front of a computer screen? Is the first thing you do in the morning is turn your computer on? Is the last person you see at night your computer screen!? If you answer yes to any of these, (some of you may answer yes to all 3!) then there is a good chance that you are a blogger!
Blogging is fun, blogging is addictive and blogging is a great way to share things with the world but it is also extremely tiring on your eyes. People who spend more than 5 hours a day on a computer screen may have any or all of the following symptoms:
• Aching eyes.
• Stinging eyes that you want to rub.
• Frontal/temporal headaches.
• Blurred distance vision whenever you look away from your screen.
Just about every blogger will have experienced at least one of these symptoms but the unlucky one may experience them all – hopefully not simultaneously!
Here are a four eye-care tips that should help alleviate or at least reduce some of these symptoms that you might be experiencing. They are as follows:
• Don’t sit too close to your screen: The closer you sit to the screen, the more strain you are putting on the lens inside your eyes. The lens in your eye is controlled by muscles and its primary function is to focus objects you are looking at.
Prolonged starring at close distances is likely to overly exert these muscles, resulting in eye strain and temporal/frontal headaches. You should sit at least 65 cm (25,5 inches) away from your screen. The further back the better!
• Increase the font size: If the reason you sit so close to your screen is because you find it easier to read, then increase the font size. That way you can sit further back and read more comfortably.
• Make sure you blink!: The reason our eyes often sting when we are starring at a computer screen is because we tend not to blink as much as we should do. We should blink on average about 6 times per minute but when we are concentrating on a computer screen in can be as little as twice.
Blinking helps keep our eyes nourished and oxygenated so don’t forget to blink when you are busy blogging away!
• Look in to the distance:The reason our distance vision can look blurred after spending hours on the computer is because our eyes get so used to looking at something up close. This temporarily makes our eyes short sighted meaning our distance vision becomes blurred.
Every 10 minutes or so, try to look into the distance for a few seconds. It also relaxes all the muscles in your eyes that are in overdrive when we are looking at the computer.
All of these bits of advice are easy to implement and you don’t even have to spend any money! By following these simple rules you may find you can blog for even longer!
Remember if you are worried about your eyes and these pieces of advice aren’t helping you, you should always consult your Optometrist.
Hope this has been helpful . . . . Happy blogging!
Guest post by Tim.
You can read more about vision related issues at treatmentsaver which aims to provide independent information on various topics including laser eye surgery.
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