Everyone who was born in the late 20th century or the 21st century has definitely heard his or her parents or elders scolding them and telling them not to sit too close to the television, lest they get square eyes.
Obviously, having square eyes doesn’t necessarily mean that your eyes will attain a square shape. But sitting too close to the TV places a lot of stress on the eyes which in turn can lead to permanent damage. The same thing happens in case of laptops, PCs and smartphones. This condition is more common in people who spend more than 8 hours a day staring at computer or smartphone screens.
There have been several studies on this topic. One website has reported that the Australasian College of Behavioural Optometrists believe that a person is taking a high risk is he or she doesn’t have proper reading and work habits. There was another study regarding the number of hours per week people spend staring at a digital screen. The study revealed that most people spend on an average 53 hours per week watching TV or a computer.
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Blinking is an important phenomena. It provides lubrication to the eyes and keeps it moist. Staring at computer screens canreduce blinking by as much as 5 times, which in turn makes the eyes dry. This can cause serious side effects such as headache, blurred vision, problem in focusing, inflammation and can also lead to permanent damage of cornea and retina.
- Anti-glare glass or screen is a must.
- Don’t keep your eyes too close to the screen.
- Take breaks of 15 minutes at regular intervals to give your eyes rest.
- Notice if your blinking has reduced and forcefully try to keep blinking.
- The work environment should be properly lit.