Are you an internet marketing or blogging professional? Do you spend hours on end in front of your computer? Join the club. If you want to make money online you need to work your tail off. From communicating with clients to building websites to marketing, your responsibilities run deep.
But did you ever stop to think about what this could be doing to your health? The more time you spend online the better chance there is that you are going to suffer from some health related issues. As unfortunate as it may be, you need to keep a close watch out for any symptoms that could come creeping into your life. Remember, it is better to deal with problems when they are in their infancy than to let them spiral out of control.
Your Eyes are at Risk
The more time you spend at your computer the more time you will spend staring at the screen. While you may never think twice about this, over time it can begin to have a negative impact on your vision. How successful could you be as an internet entrepreneur without your eyesight? The answer is simple: not very!
There are many symptoms associated with extended computer usage:
- Blurry vision
- Eye strain
On top of all this, there is a chance that increased usage could turn your once perfect vision into something much worse. In short, this means that you may have to begin wearing contact lenses or glasses.
Can I Fix the Problem?
As noted above, this is a potential problem that you want to cut off before it gets any worse. It is possible to work 12+ hour days, 7 days a week, and never experience any of these symptoms. But just when you think you are in the clear, a headache could set in or you could find yourself straining to focus.
Here are three things you can do to protect yourself against this problem:
- Take regular breaks. How long do you go without taking your eyes off your monitor? If you really think about this question, you may find that you spend hour after hour without ever looking away. As you can imagine, this is not good for your eyes.
While I am not an eye care professional, my eye doctor suggested a 10 minute break for every hour I spend on the computer. So far so good!
- Don’t be afraid of glasses or contact lenses. Some people are dead set against ever getting involved with any sort of vision correction. Sound familiar? While you continue to avoid this your eyesight could be getting worse.
What are you afraid of? Think about it this way: if you correct your vision you can become a more productive entrepreneur. And as you know, more production means more money!
- Buy an anti-glare monitor screen. I have used one of these for the last few months and from what I can tell it is really helping cut back on the number of headaches related to over usage. With this in place, I experience less eyestrain and discomfort. When combined with other actions, such as taking breaks, this is a great solution.
How successful would you be as an internet marketing professional if you were unable to see the screen? Make a few changes to your daily computer habits to ensure that you are not ruining your eyes.
Chris Bibey is a freelance writer that helps consumers find cheap contact lenses online.