Screen fatigue: How to care for tired eyes

Screen fatigue: How to care for tired eyes Chances are you’ve got to the end of a long day of working at the computer and felt like using your eyes to look at anything is an effort. Overall, you feel tired, drained, and like all you want to do is rest. But when you finally do shut them and go to bed, you realise you still have a tonne of energy and can’t sleep a wink. This is a typical…

A guide to good eye health

A guide to good eye health As a general rule, we tend to take best care of the parts of the body we can see. We wash our hair religiously, brush our teeth without compromise, bathe our skin in moisturiser, relax our muscles when they are sore. Of course, this makes a lot of sense; it’s difficult to maintain something that’s hidden behind layers and layers of tissue (or clothes). Vital organs like our livers and intestines don’t make an appearance…

This is why screens are bad for your eyes

This is why looking at screens is bad for your eyes Studies dating back to the early 1990s have looked at the effect that prolonged screen use has on our lives and mental health. Everything from depression, breakdown in relationships, reduced work performance, failing academic grades, and degrading eyesight have been linked to an increase in screen time watching TV, using computers, looking at smartphones and, in particular, using the internet and social media. However, research is unclear as to what…

The Myopia Epidemic

The Myopia Epidemic Since the 1950’s, when researchers first started recording instances of myopia or shortsightedness, the condition has increased at a tremendous rate almost uniformly around the world. It’s accelerating too: myopia among young people has doubled within a single generation, and it’s expected to, by some estimates, affect one-third of the world’s population — 2.5 billion people — by 2020. To understand why this is, let me ask you a question: Look in any direction as far as…

Staring at Facebook for 4 hours a day might be bad for you

Staring at Facebook for 4 hours a day might be bad for you Facebook has taken a bit of a bashing recently. Several studies have come out showing the damaging effects it can have on everything from relationships and love life to stress and self-esteem. Even the people who helped build the thing are coming out and declaring it’s “ripping society apart” thanks to its purposely designed “feedback loops”. For a site that calls itself a ‘social network’ and that brought…