SOME HABITS YOU’VE FALLEN INTO AS A RESULT OF THE PANDEMIC MAY BE HARMING YOUR VISION.
As the months go by, it’s become apparent that the pandemic poses more health threats than just the danger of contracting COVID-19. In fact, changes that we’ve made in order to keep ourselves safe from the virus—working from home, staying indoors, changes in everyday routine—have come with their own challenges. One aspect of your health that you may not be paying enough attention to right now is your vision. From too much screen time to forgetting eye-safe practices when venturing out in public, these are the seven ways you may be ruining your eyes every day during the coronavirus pandemic. And for more health issues to be aware of right now, check out 40 Sneaky Signs You’re Unhealthier Than You May Think.
At the beginning of the pandemic, Variety reported that online streaming through services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime had increased by 85 percent compared to the same time last year, per Nielsen analysis. And while reopening has certainly brought that surge somewhat down, many experts believe second shutdowns and school closures will continue the pattern of increased streaming.
But why is this so bad? According to the experts at Lone Star Vision, two problems arise with excessive streaming: the constant staring at the screen and the light that comes from that same screen. This can cause dry, itchy eyes, watery eyes, and even blurred vision. To combat these effects, Lone Star Vision recommends spacing out your streaming, which will reduce your stream time overall. And for some common misconceptions, here are 13 Health Myths About Your Eyes You Need to Stop Believing.