I have my reasons to believe that eye health is one of the most neglected areas among online marketers of all sorts. Let’s be honest: how many of us are doing regular eye exercises, taking breaks and ensuring that the computer screen is positioned a little lower than the eye level, and at an angle of 20 degrees? I haven’t been paying much attention to all this stuff until I have discovered a substantial sight deterioration of one of my eyes. I found out about this over a year ago while undergoing through a routine eye check necessary for a driving license renewal. I was shocked to find out how much the sight of that one eye has worsened over the past few years!
Dr. Grossman quotes some daunting statistics:
More than 50 percent of computer users experience eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision and other visual symptoms related to sustained use of the computer. This type of stress on the visual system can also cause body fatigue and reduced efficiency at work. In addition, there are now indications that heavy computer users are at risk for glaucoma. [source]
Back when I found out about the problem that prolonged computer use has caused, I thought: “What could be more important to the productivity of my work than my eyes?” Yes, brain health, of course! And having two hands too… But eyes are like an essential set of tools that I use (and depend on) daily. So in effort to keep them healthy, I started taking Lutein regularly, doing everything possible to take frequent breaks, and do eye exercises. Is it helping? Well, at least, things are not getting worse.
If you have your own tips on how to keep your eyes healthy while working long hours in front of a computer, feel free to share them in the comments area below.