This New Health Threat Is Probably Already in Your Home
There’s a new epidemic sending millions of your friends and neighbors to their doctors. They’re complaining of headaches, blurry or double vision, neck and shoulder pain, fatigue and other problems.
175 million Americans are at risk, so there’s a good chance this new health threat will strike your household, too. Chances are, the conditions are already ripe in your home.
It’s not contagious… and there are no viruses, bacteria or dangerous chemicals involved. So what’s causing all these health problems?
That’s right… computers. Anyone who spends at least 2 hours a day at a computer screen is a potential victim and 80% of Americans use computers.
All these problems boil down to one fact: Computers are hard on your eyes. Here’s why…
First, when you read a printed page, you’re reading solid lines. On a computer, you’re reading “lines” formed from tiny dots – called pixels. It’s much harder for your eyes to focus on these collections of tiny dots than on solid lines. So just using a computer creates a focus problem.
Computers also produce glare. And that’s often made worse by the lighting in your workplace or home. Your eyes try to adjust to the glare, but this causes strain.
To get an idea of the problem with glare, imagine squinting into oncoming traffic at night – when someone has their high beams on. The glare from your computer screen is a lot like that. It’s just a little less obvious.
Then there’s placement. Your eyes function best when they focus on objects about 20 feet away. But most computer screens are no more than a couple of feet from your eyes. This makes your eyes work harder.
Constantly focusing up close wears on the muscles that control focus. Do it enough and you can slowly lose the ability to refocus properly.
And if your computer isn’t positioned correctly – with the top of the monitor about 2” below eye level – your neck or shoulders may begin to ache.
As you can see, there’s a lot going on here. And it’s challenging your eyes’ ability to adapt. In fact, it’s gotten so bad, the American Optometric Association (AOA) estimates 1 out of 5 eye doctor visits is now computer-related. That’s 12 million visits a year.
But the average person – and the average doctor – may not link headaches, fatigue or neck and shoulder pain to computer use. And many doctors may write off focus problems or blurry vision as merely a sign of advancing age.
Fortunately, there are some simple ways to combat this new epidemic.
If you have a brightly lit work area – especially if the lighting is fluorescent – consider removing half the bulbs and placing a small lamp on your desk. This can help cut down glare.
Using an AOA-approved anti-glare filter on your monitor can also help.
Take breaks from your computer, too. I like the “20-20-20 Rule,” because it’s clear and easy to remember. Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break to look at an object 20 feet away. This can help relieve the strain of staring constantly at your computer monitor.
You should also be more aware of problems like air circulation and blinking. Fans and ventilators blow air across your eyes and can dry them out. This is a serious problem with computers. People tend to blink up to 60% less than normal while looking at a computer screen.1
Awareness of this problem is just starting to grow. Many doctors still don’t realize how widespread the problem is… or even that it’s a problem at all.
But if you spend more than 2 hours a day at a computer screen, you should be aware – and take the simple steps I’ve outlined here to help keep your eyes healthy and functioning well.
Dr Kenneth Woliner, M.D.
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