Before I (Frankie) started working from home, I didn't really spend that much time on a computer. I didn't really spend that much time on any kind of screen. And guess what, my eyesight was perfect. I never had any trouble seeing and it was something I was so pleased with, but also something I took advantage of.
After about two years of working from home I noticed things on my computer screen starting to look a little blurry. I thought I had some kind of eye infection. I seriously had NEVER had problems with my eyes. So, I went to the eye doctor and was informed that I needed glasses. Just out of nowhere, in the blink of an eye (pun intended), the woman with perfect eyesight needed glasses. The eye doctor also told me that the likely cause of my decline in vision was screen time. CRAP!
I really had no idea that looking at a computer or phone screen for long periods of time would damage my eyesight. The eye doctor said anytime you spend hours on the computer you should be resting your eyes at least every 20 minutes. Just look away from the screen for a few minutes. He also said you need to remind yourself to blink. When we are staring at a screen we don't blink as much so sometimes we need to just look away and blink. There are also special glasses you can wear just when you are spending long periods of time on the computer that reduce the glare from your screen and help combat computer vision syndrome (yeah, it's a real thing).
I wish I would have known these things when I first started working from home. Maybe I wouldn't be stuck wearing these glasses now. But, I know these things now and I want to make sure you do too, if you didn't already. Just a few simple changes to the way you work can help preserve your vision so don't neglect those peepers, because eye #healthmatters too.
Now look away and blink ;)
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.