The increase in the use of screens is a fact. We spend more and more hours of our day in front of them. How to avoid its consequences? In this article we will give you tips to escape screen contamination or “Screen pollution”.
CONSUMPTION OF SCREENS AND BLUE LIGHT
During confinement, studies were carried out to measure the use of electronic devices with screens and their result showed an increase of 30% above the usual average, even reaching up to 14 hours of daily exposure. This happens because not only do we spend time in front of the computer during our working hours, but leisure moments are also closely related to screens (social networks, shopping, movies and series).
Exposing ourselves to screens means exposing ourselves to the light they emit. The main problem is in the blue light component: Short and high energy waves are related to a greater scattering of light, which causes a natural glare, largely the cause of visual fatigue. Have you noticed any discomfort after spending a few hours in front of the computer? Also add up the hours you spend in front of your smartphone, tablet and the television.
EL SVI: SÍNDROME VISUAL INFORMÁTICO
Computer Visual Syndrome is characterized by symptoms such as: eye fatigue, dry eyes, headaches, red eyes, blurred vision. Our sight is the one that suffers the most from the consequences of the consumption we make of screens in our day to day. 80% of the population admit that the first and last thing they do in the day is look at a screen.
Even our sleep regulation can be affected by excessive exposure to blue light. Its potency causes a decrease in the synthesis of melatonin (sleep hormone), which can affect us with insomnia, depending on our sensitivity.
LOS NIÑOS Y LAS PANTALLAS
These are the data that we must take into account: 1 in 3 children has used devices with screens before the age of 3, and they spend at least 3 hours a day in front of them. In adolescence, the time increases by at least 4 hours, and they are at risk of suffering the same negative effects that we have already mentioned.
¿QUÉ PODEMOS HACER PARA REDUCIR LAS CONSECUENCIAS?
When you have to spend a long time in front of the screen, take intermittent short breaks by looking elsewhere and taking your attention away from the screen.
Do not forget to blink frequently to promote the lubrication of your eyes. You can also use a product such as artificial tears.
Use glasses with treatment to reduce the blue light that reaches our eyes. For example, the BLUESTOP filter that we apply to our models of glasses with blue light filter for Pegaso screens. It is not necessary to need prescription lenses, you can have neutral lenses in your glasses treated with BLUESTOP.
Take care of the distance in which you position yourself with respect to the device used. The recommended distance will depend on the size of the screen, being between 35-50cm for mobiles, and a minimum of 55cm for computers.
Finally, if possible, try to avoid using devices with screens in the moments before going to sleep. Remember that to get a good rest, our body needs darkness.
Preguntas frecuentes sobre la Sobreexposición a Pantallas
What are the consequences of overexposure to blue light?
If we are overexposed to the blue light emitted by the screens, that is, we spend long hours in front of them, there is a risk of suffering from eye fatigue, headaches, dry eyes, red eyes and insomnia. This is known as the symptoms of Computer Visual Syndrome (SVI).
¿Cómo puedo evitar la sobreexposición a la luz azul?
To reduce the risks and consequences of overexposure to blue light, we recommend wearing glasses with a blue light filter. It is important that this filter is certified by the laboratory and ISO and CE standards to guarantee its quality. You can find our models of glasses for protection use screens here and buy them online.
¿Por qué es importante utilizar gafas de ordenador?
Especially during the working day, we spend approximately 8 hours in front of screens, concentrating our eyes on them, overexposing ourselves to the blue light they emit. To reduce the risks of its effects, combat Computer Visual Syndrome, work comfortably and thus improve productivity: protect your eyes with glasses office, with blue light filter.
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