“This sponsored post is a part of the campaign “Protecting America’s Eyes” by Reticare in order to inform U.S. citizens about the importance of eye protection from device screens. The opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own.”
As a blogger, I spend quite a bit of time in front of a screen. It’s almost unavoidable. And though I try to limit my time on the computer, there are times that I will go longer stretches. I like to work in batches whenever possible because it helps me to save time in the long run.
Or at least that’s what I tell myself.
But I also know that by spending longer periods of time in front of the computer, it’s more time that my eyes start to strain.
While the common belief is that bloggers sit at their computers all day, I’ll tell you this much: it’s not true.
Yes, as bloggers, we do spend quite a bit of time sitting down but we do plenty of other things during the day. Granted, I still think I might spend too much time at the computer and I’m looking for ways to reduce that. Or at least make the most of my time.
Did you know that there are numerous health issues related to spending too much time in front of a screen?
- 65% of Americans report experiencing symptoms of digital eye-strain, which include: neck/shoulder/back pain, eye strain, headache, blurred vision, and dry eyes.
- Exposure to high-energy light can lead to sleep disorders, computer vision syndrome, and a decrease in macular thickness, which can regress to macular degeneration.
- Children have a much higher risk of damaging their eyes from overexposure to high-energy light due to the fact that natural eye lens protection does not complete its development until age 25.
Nearsightedness already runs in my family and my grandfather has had glaucoma in the past. So I already know that I need to take care of my eyes.
Imagine my surprise, however, when my eye doctor suggested that I add reading glasses to my eye wear. His reasoning was simple: I spend enough time in front of the computer that I could be doing damage. Especially if I’m not already wearing my regular prescription glasses. Age also has something to do with it, but I politely declined the reading glasses.
So what else can I do aside from lessening my time at the computer?
I can try a screen protector for my desktop computer, similar to what I use for my phone.
Reticare’s eye protector screens naturally absorb high-energy light and provides different levels of protection based on the users age and amount of time spend in front of the screen.
The screen protector was unobtrusive and so easy to apply. I actually had an easier time applying this one to my desktop computer screen than I did with my smartphone’s screen protector.
They included everything I needed and the directions were so easy to follow. Within minutes of taking this out of the package, I had it applied to my screen.
But why Reticare?
Reticare protects against three major risks:
- Sleep disorders
- Computer Vision Syndrome with symptoms such as red eyes, blurry eyes, irritated eyes and headaches
- Retina damage which can onset Glaucoma, Cataracts and Macular Degeneration which can lead to blindness. Once the retina cells die from being overexposed to high energy light, they don’t recover.
Now, I’m not the only one who spends a fair amount of time in front of a screen. Sweet B and Squeaker love their tablets and they also like to watch things on the computer. The Vision Council’s 2016 Digital Eye Strain Report found that nearly 60% of Americans use digital devices for five hours or more each day, and 70% of Americans use two or more devices at a time.
So not only is Reticare helping me take care of my eyes, but it’s helping me keep my daughters’ eyes healthy.
Is Reticare something that you and your family could use?
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