Eyestrain describes a common condition that crops up when your eyes get tired from intense use. Although your computer screen could be a trigger for this condition, there are also other things driving up eyestrain like spending a long time on the road or using other digital devices. The good news is that something very “simple” can “lessen” your chances of eyestrain.
Speaking on his podcast Just One Thing, Dr Mosley said: “I’ve been writing for nearly an hour now and I’m feeling sluggish.
“So, I’m going to do something that could improve my vision, pick up my posture, and really boost my mood and concentration.”
The doctor is about to take a break as this simple practice has some “powerful” effects on overall health.
If this seems too good to be true, the doctor shared that taking breaks and better vision is even backed by research.
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“Just doing something as simple as regularly looking away from your screen could really improve the health of your eyes,” noted the doctor.
This is also the finding of a recent study of almost 800 university students.
Dr Mosley explained that this research found that “periodically refocusing” on distant objects reduces symptoms of computer vision syndrome.
“[This includes] stuff like eyestrain, watering or dry eyes and blurred vision.
If you’re worried that you don’t have enough time to take a break, Dr Mosley explained that even short ones can offer the “powerful effect”.
The podcaster concluded: “Now all this week, I made myself take regular breaks.
“I like the idea that I’m doing something that could help my eyes, my joints, make me more creative and boost my mood.
“So there it is. Take a break and let your mind wander.”