Computer eye strain. Does this mean anything to you? As a blogger, you probably spend hours on end at your computer – I know I do. While you may not think anything of this as you type away, over time it can begin to cause damage to your eyes. This won’t be high on your to-do list, but ask yourself the following question: what does the future hold for your online aspirations if you are unable to see the screen?
Before we get into the finer details of how to protect your eyes to ensure good long term vision, let’s take a closer look at why this has become such a big problem for bloggers.
If you are going to earn money online – whether it be from blogging, affiliate marketing, or some other means – you will spend plenty of time in front of your computer. With each passing minute, there is an increased chance of experiencing eyestrain, blurred vision, headaches, and other symptoms.
Personally, I was experiencing many of these symptoms on a daily basis. Although I worked through them for many months (thanks to plenty of Tylenol) the problem eventually worsened to the point of seeking professional advice.
After an appointment with my eye care practitioner I realized that I was spending entirely too much time at my computer. Fortunately, he suggested a few changes that have helped me avoid these symptoms and regain my blogging mojo.
Who wants to take a break in the middle of a long blogging session? I know I don’t. When I get into a groove there is nothing that can tear me away from my computer. That being said, I have realized the importance of scheduling short breaks from time to time.
My eye doctor suggested a 5 to 10 minute break for every hour spent at the computer. Yes, this can be a pain in the neck at times. However, it can go a long way in giving your eyes a rest and avoiding computer related strain.
Improve your Posture
Believe it or not, your posture has a lot to do with whether or not you can withstand long periods of time at your computer without symptoms.
Make sure you are sitting upright at all times (not slouched over) and that you are at a reasonable distance from your monitor. You aren’t one of those people who sits three inches away from the screen, are you?
Have your Vision Checked
From an early age, I have worn glasses and contact lenses. Many people feel they do not need either one, but find out soon enough that their symptoms are related to a need for vision correction.
If you are experiencing blurriness when reading small text or other issues, such as difficulties focusing on objects close or far away, you may need glasses or contact lenses.
Finally, there was one other grave mistake I was making. From the moment I woke up in the morning until the time I stepped away from my computer in the evening, my contact lenses were in. My doctor made me promise to stop this immediately. Wearing my lenses this long was one of the main culprits of my headaches. He suggested that I wear my glasses for the first half of the day and then insert my contacts. This has really helped my situation.
If you don’t have your health you don’t have much. As a blogger, make sure you are taking care of your eyes to the best of your ability. If you begin to experience symptoms – such as headaches or blurry vision – contact your eye care professional immediately.
This guest post was written by Chris Bibey, a freelance writer that helps consumers find and buy contact lenses cheap via the internet.