When I was working in an office many moons ago, I used to walk home up a busy street full of billboards. It was quite a steep road with many traffic lights along the way, so it was a perfect place to advertise these billboards.
As the months went by, I started noticing that the billboards on the top of the street were becoming hard to see.
The writing was blurry and the images seemed fuzzy.
I shrugged it off at first - maybe this was a new billboard, or perhaps I was just tired.
Then one day I couldn't read one of the billboards at the bottom of the hill - this was only 15metres away from me.
At this point I knew something was wrong.
So I booked some time to get my eyes checked. I was told I had 20/20 vision, but I had some muscular issues in my eye (which was ironic as at the time I was strength training 5x a week and was rather muscular!) and this was causing the vision issues.
The optometrist asked if anything had changed in my life recently - I said I started an office job 6 months ago. Aha - it was all the time behind a screen that was causing this issue.
I went out an invested in some blue light blocking computer screen glasses, made some other changes to my monitor (all of which I reveal in this article) and started incorporating some techniques to 'exercises' my eye muscles (also covered in detail below).
Within a few weeks my vision improved and a month or two later I could clearly read the billboard at the top of the hill (a few hundred meters away).
I have always wondered how many people must have eye problems simply because they use a computer and don't know of the simple techniques and fixes that can remedy the issue.
Hopefully with this article on why you need to wear computer screen glasses - more people will see the light as I did.
Even if you dont have eye problems, but you still spend a few hours a day looking at a computer screen, you're going to benefit from this article.
The effects of screen overuse go beyond eye damage.
You've probably heard your mom's advice when you were young to "not to sit too close to the television". Potential eye damage was the reason for that advice.
Televisions 20-30 years ago used a different technology to what is used in screens today. Flat screens weren't even around back then and these old fashion televisions literally emitted X-ray radiation (1; 2).
And while that dangerous radiation problem is no longer an issue today, new problems have emerged with today's monitors - including computer monitors.
In this blog post, I'm going to explain why you need to wear computer screen glasses if you're regularly using a monitor. If you'd like to buy high-quality computer glasses now, click HERE.
I'll also give you several other solutions to make the time spent in front of a computer monitor healthier. And I'll teach you why computer monitors can be damaging to your eyes and brain.
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The problem with computer screens and our eye is due to the type of light emitted that can damage your health. Recall that in the past, I've extensively talked about how the light in your environment is important to your health, with topics such as:
This blog post takes a similar approach.
It turns out that modern monitors - whether that's a laptop or television - are potentially hazardous to your eye and brain health.
Stay tuned to learn why.
Eye problems are extremely widespread in today's society. In South Korea, for instance, more than 70% of adults in that country experience myopia (3). Myopia is near-sightedness due to an irregular shape of your eyeballs (6; 7)
Of course, many other eye diseases exist that I've not even spoken about yet. So overall eye health is horrible right now.
And while the science is far from settled, absence of bright sunlight exposure during the daytime and excessive exposure to screens almost certainly contribute to these eye problems (13; 14; 15; 16; 17).
In other words, spending 8 hours a day in front of a computer monitor in an office can thus damage your eyes.
So let's have a look at why light can make your eyes (un)healthier.
Let's look back at our pre-technology world to help us understand how the modern environment you're living in is totally unnatural.
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