by Matt Alderton | November 15, 2018
If you spend every day in front of a computer screen, you're at increased risk for back pain, carpel tunnel syndrome, headaches, and obesity, among many other ailments. Perhaps the most likely casualty of frequent computer use, however, is your eyesight, according to contributor Aaron Orendorff.
"At the risk of being obvious, human beings were not built to stare into harsh, poorly lit screens for eight to 10 hours a day," Orendorff says. "Add to that the one to two hours on average we spend away from work also staring at screens -- our phones, tablets, laptops, and televisions -- and one conclusion stares back: our eyes are suffering."

To save your eyes from your electronics, be mindful of what you're looking at, how often, and under what lighting conditions.

"The best way to preserve your eyes is to take regular breaks from your screen throughout the day -- even if they're as short as 30 seconds -- and to avoid all screens during breaks or lunch," Orendorff says. "Also, you can 'stretch' your eye muscles by looking up and into the distance. Go outside when you're eye stretching. Natural light helps immensely, as does getting FL-41 tinted glass for your glasses themselves."

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