A long time ago, vision was considered a precious and non-negotiable part of our health. With very little in terms of advanced technology to prevent degeneration of the key components of our eyes, good eyesight was not just an advantage, but a necessity. Likewise, most people did not have jobs or past-times that put heavy strain on the eyes. As technology has progressed, however, it is very much a double-edged sword: there are more advanced ways of preserving and restoring eyesight, but the very same technology is also putting more and more strain on our vision.
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Not only have our occupations changed over the years, but the way in which we work has, too. Being confined to smaller office-like settings reduces the amount of movement our bodies experience in a given day, and this in turn also impacts the amount of eye movement – which can lead to a deterioration of muscles over time. One way to mitigate this issue is to stand up every fifteen minutes and look around in all directions, while also being sure to focus your eyes on elements both near and far. To keep your vision confined to one particular area for too long will weaken the eye’s ability to render objects from far away.
Fifty years ago, the only screen most people looked at was a television. Fifty years before that, the concept of a screen was non-existent. The human eye has not had a long evolutionary time-span in which to deal with our new-found technology, and as a result, adapting to such devices has been less than optimal. If you find yourself in front of a screen for long periods of time – whether that be a laptop, television, mobile phone or tablet – you need to make sure that you are keeping a safe distance between your eyes and the device, while also taking short breaks to look around the room and allow your eyes a needed break.
After years of computer use, you may be noticing that your eyes are feeling worn out and not what they used to be. Fortunately, there is an array of solutions for correcting the underlying problems associated with bad eyesight that extend beyond simple one-size-fits-all glasses. One option is a set of computer glasses, which will focus your eyesight properly at the optimal distance for using a computer. Others may find multi-focal contacts and mono-vision (where you use two different contacts for two different tasks) to be helpful in keeping your eyes well-trained and working their best. Ultimately, different solutions produces different results for each person, but more invasive methods may be needed to correct the worst problems associated with vision.
Eye strain, deterioration of muscles and atrophy are all associated with using mobile and desktop-based gadgets, so everyone must be proactive in ensuring they are taking proper care of their eyes. Leave the gadgets be every once in a while, go outside and enjoy the beauty that life can offer. Give your eyes a much needed rest; while you may think there is no difference between staring at a screen and staring at a scene, your eyes do know the difference – and will thank you later for making the right decision.
William Ethan is a well-known opthalmologist in Melbourne. He has specialised in Lasik, commonly referred to as laser eye surgery, and cured many of his patients without the need of invasive surgery. surgery. He spends his free time blogging about the ever-evolving field of eye-care.