Do you find yourself constantly glued to your phone? While we have heard countless warnings about the dangers of looking at your screens, how many of us have taken them seriously?
Well, this might make you reconsider.
It’s not uncommon for some jobs to require one to be on their phones at all times, just so that you can be constantly updated.
A secretarial job not only requires that of those in that position, but also to reply to messages upon receiving them.
For two years, a secretary in Taiwan did just that.
She was always on-the-go, meaning that she was exposed to the glaring sun. To ensure that her phone screen remained visible, she would set her screen’s brightness to the maximum.
After a while, she had gotten used to the level of brightness and did not did not lower the brightness back, even after work.
Not only that, but she adopted the habit of watching videos in her darkened bedroom.
Discomfort set in afterwards. Initially, eye drops were applied to try to provide relief. However, it was ineffective and the pain soon worsened.
It got to the point where her eyes were bloodshot and she was constantly suffering from blurry vision.
As a result, she went to seek medical attention. At the hospital, she was told that the blood vessels in her left eye were congested with blood.
Unsurprisingly, her vision also deteriorated significantly. Her right eye was worse off, which had 500 holes burned in it.
Thankfully, she was given immediate medical treatment. After taking steroids, she began to show signs of recovery.
The doctor’s diagnosis: Smartphones at full brightness emits light at 625 Lumens, which is 300 Lumens more than what is recommended.
Long periods of such use is akin to roasting your eyes in the microwave. Eesh.
How to protect your eyes?
In the technology era, it is idealistic to go cold turkey on your mobile devices. (If you’re reading this, chances are you’re doing so on your phone.)
Hence, doctors suggest making full use of the automatic brightness setting on phones, which adapts to your environment. This may be the time to check your screen’s brightness!
To minimize eye strain and damage from blue light, ensure that you give your eyes a break every 20 minutes.
If your eyes are feeling sore, dry or itchy, it may be a sign that your eyes need to rest. Don’t ignore these symptoms!
There are also foods that can help to boost eye health as well, which are part of leading a healthy lifestyle.