For full time or even part time bloggers, you could be spending a lot of hours looking at the computer screen, writing or researching. While this can be fun and fulfilling, it is easy to forget or ignore some health implications that might be associated with blogging, especially as it has to do with your eye health.
The eye is one of the most delicate parts of the body, and is perhaps the bloggers best asset. That’s the more reason why you must do all you can to protect your eyesight. Let take a look at some of the conditions associated with over exposure of the eye to computer screen. Such conditions are called computer vision syndrome (CVS), perhaps Bloggers Vision Syndrome would have been more appropriate in this discussion.
Here are some of the symptoms you might experience after blogging for a long time on your pc or even tablets or phone
- Intermitted Shortsightedness
- Blur vision
- Eye fatigue
- Eye strain
- Dry eyes
- Neck and shoulder pains
Almost all the these symptoms are temporal, this means that the symptomatic effects wanes off after adequate rest and staying away from the screen for a while, but sometimes it can persist. It’s very common for bloggers to ‘’SEE DOUBLE’’ after working on a blog post for a while.
Here are some of the common causes. Perhaps one or more apply even to you.
Causes of blog Related Vision Symptoms
- Poor lightings
- Computer glare
- Bad sitting posture when blogging
- Bad viewing distance
- Poor uncorrected eyesight
So let’s look at them critically and proffer some solutions for each
Working in poor lighting is one of the culprits of blogging related eye problems. It’s common to find bloggers working in dim illumination while increasing their computer screen brightness. This is hazardous and is the common cause of both eye strain and fatigue. This is because the eye will work harder to focus in poor contrast.
- Always work in very bright illumination. NEVER work or type blog posts in darkness using your screen illumination alone as light source.
- Make sure your screen is bright enough.
Glare is similar to the lighting problem above. Glares are those unwanted external reflections coming from your screen to your eye. You can try this by pointing a light source, such as a torch to your computer screen; you will get a lot of glares. Glare causes eye fatigue and headaches.
- Try to work in a room with uniformly distributed light.
- Avoid blogging near a window.
- If you must write a blog post in the open, then avoid a sunny place, get a cool shade.
- Use a computer anti-glaring screen to reduce glaring.
Bad Sitting Posture when Blogging
I know that a lot of bloggers are guilty of this, sometimes, we just love staying on the bed or reclining on an ‘easy chair’ to type those wonderful blog posts. While this might be fun for a while, in the long run, it results in eye strain and neck and shoulder pains.
When working on a lengthy blog post, sit on a firm chair, ensure your back is rested and straight, place your feet flatly on the floor. Trust me, as simple as these tips are, they will save you a lot of stress and pain.
Bad Viewing Distance
The eye has to capacity to adjust for different focusing distance for optimum and good vision. The problem arises when your computer or blogging gadget is either too far away or too close to the eye. This puts a lot of extra work on your eye, resulting in eye strains, headache and pain.
- Put your computer at a minimum of 40cm from your eye. This is about a whole arm length.
- If you use eye glasses, ensure you put them on. This is very important.
Poor Eye Sight
- If you have any eye condition like astigmatism or any refractive errors like myopia or hyperopia, then ensure you get them corrected. This will prevent eye strains.
- Take some time off your computer to relax your eye muscles.
- Take time to blink well to avoid dry eye.
- If you experience any eye symptoms when blogging, then perhaps it time to take a little break. Don’t overwork your eye; you need them to be an effective blogger.
I hope you can now figure out why you might experience certain symptoms when blogging, and how best you can manage them. When in doubt, see your eye doctor.