There is a new Syndrome called Computer Vision Syndrome. It is similar to the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome that comes from the same motion over and over again. These are also called repetitive stress injuries. Those who spend more than 2 hours a day using the computer or smartphone are at risk.
Last summer, I began to have like ‘Snow Blindness’, or blind spots, when I was writing my blog in a very hot house, (the house I bought in August with no electricity or air conditioning), and with a bright window in the background. I then began to write my blog with the windows to the side and it help. But some of the symptoms continued for many months to varying degrees. I also had eyelid twitching in one eye.
In order to write my blog and do the research, I can spend a lot of hours at the computer everyday. Besides this time spent in front of the computer screen, I prayed the Roman Breviary from BrevMeum on my iPhone. All the offices, (Matins is the longest, Lauds, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers and Compline), could take up to at least 2 hours a day reading from the iPhone screen.
So, when the symptoms continued, I decided to go back to praying the office with the two printed volumes by Baronius Press. I also cut down on the time I would spend writing my blog and lowered the brightness on the computer and iPhone. I actually was concerned about loosing my eye sight. Thank God the symptoms have gone away. I prayed a lot too.
But I am writing this to warn all of us to be very careful about abusing our eyesight in front of electronic devices. Television, (you all know how I am extremely against any TV watching from the cable or antenna, but it can used to watch religious or educational DVD’s), computer, iPads, smartphones and video games.
Some suggestions for those who have no choice but to work with a computer are;
- Cut the glare, brightness and use glare filter.
- Keep your face 20 to 28 inches from the computer screen.
- Keep the 20, 20, 20 rule. Take a break every 20 minutes for 20 seconds and look at something 20 feet away.
- Blink eyes often.
Blind spots, blurred vision and head aches can come from inflammation of the optic nerve. The optic nerve transmits visual information collected by the retina, (located at the back of you eyeball), to the brain. If you continue to abuse your optic nerve, you can go blind. You need to go to an ophthalmologist and a neurologist.
Too much Ultraviolet Rays cause eye vision problems too. Many medications cause your eyes to be more sensitive to UVR’s too. Like anti-depressants and diuretics.
So as traditional Catholics, we know that over use of anything is not good. We also know that we do not want to waste the precious time God has given us, called life, watching TV, sports and playing video games. We also believe that we should use our phones as little as possible, especially when we are with other people. Real Reality not Virtual Reality.
Visual, spiritual and physical healing takes place when we spend less time in front of electronics devices and more time in front of the Blessed Sacrament in prayer.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.