Kaka-Computer Mo Yan: What Happens to Your Eyes After Surfing for Hours
And other eye-related facts you need to know.
(SPOT.ph) You’ve heard your mother say this at least once: “Kaka-computer mo ‘yan. Ayan na nga ba ang sinasabi ko, eh.” Yes, staring at your computer or smartphone screen for hours can cause short-term eye-related problems.
According to a 2017 survey, Filipinos spend the most time on the Internet in the world, with a total average of 8.59 hours per day. We’re online for at least 5.23 hours via desktop or laptop, and 3.36 Hours via mobile device. We also spend the most time on social media, with a total average of 4.17 hours a day.
Another intriguing and somewhat disturbing fact is that at least 90% of Filipino computer and electronic-gadget users are at risk of suffering from computer vision syndrome (CVS). It’s a set of eye problems due to prolonged use of a computer or any other digital device. A person who has CVS may experience eye strain, headache, blurred vision, and dry eyes.
If your work or lifestyle requires you to use the computer for hours, one of the best ways to avoid CVS is to follow the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look at an object that’s 20 feet away for 20 seconds. You would also want to adjust the brightness of your device’s screen so your eyes will have an easier time focusing.
Lastly, have an eye lubricant like Systane handy as it is effective in relieving dry eyes. Keep a bottle of Systane on your desk, in your bag, or beside your bed for instant relief when you experience eye strain or dryness.
Systane is available in all leading drugstores nationwide. To know more about Systane and how it can help alleviate effects of CVS, follow Systane’s Facebook page.