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More than seven hours of daily screen time is harmful; worth US$73 billion per year

New research shows more than seven hours a day of screen time is bad for our health, costing the US economy up to 73 billion dollars a year.

Spending too much time in front of a screen, report says …

The report was written by the American Optometric Association (AOA) in collaboration with Deloitte Access Economics. It says the harmful effects are found when we spend more than seven hours a day in front of a screen.

The almost inevitable nature of digital device use has led to associated vision problems such as nearsightedness or nearsightedness, as well as digital eye strain (DES) or computer vision syndrome (CVS) with symptoms and consequences including dry eyes, blurred vision, headaches or even neck and back pain.

If left untreated, DES can lead to decreased productivity and aggravate other undiagnosed eye conditions. conditions and can affect a person's sleep quality and mental health.

It also leads to absenteeism or absenteeism from work, increased consumption of health care services, including individual and employer costs associated with frequent visits to health care providers and related with this time away from work, as well as an overall decrease in a person's quality of life.

This is a bit like an advertisement for optometrists.

Simply reducing screen time may not be a feasible solution, especially among working-age Americans who work in offices and spend the majority of their day in front of a device. Nearly 70% of people who work in an office are exposed to excessive screen time, compared to 42% of people in other occupations.

However, timely identification, intervention and treatment of DES symptoms through topical solutions, improved ergonomics or Appropriate eye wear, prescribed and recommended by an optometrist, also called an optometrist, can protect against the aforementioned harmful effects.

But AOA President Ronald Benner told CNET there are other steps. we can do to reduce health risks.

The 20-20-20 rule requires you to look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes when you're in front of a screen, [and] that's a good start, according to Benner.

Other recommended measures:

  • Work on fewer devices, as switching between screens is particularly harmful.
  • Make sure your chair and desk are positioned correctly to maintain good posture.
  • Position your monitor and lighting to avoid reflections
  • Place your monitor and lighting to avoid reflections
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  • Orient your monitor and lighting to avoid reflections
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  • If you feel strain in your neck or eyes, take a break.
  • Get an annual eye exam.

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