Why Bloggers are Ruining their Eyes

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:

  • Headaches
  • 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:

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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.


13 thoughts on “Why Bloggers are Ruining their Eyes”

  1. This is really a big deal and yet people act like eyes are easily replaceable. I use glasses and have to take regular breaks. I had not-so-good eyes before I started blogging but they became worse when I started spending so much time in front of the computer. So thanks Chris, for sharing this.

  2. yaisa Hagood says:

    I spend 8 to 10 hours on the computer 7 days a week if not more. I wear glasses but really don’t wear them as I should. This is a very eye opening post. It is important to take care of your eye sight. Thank you for this post.  

  3. I’ve been a wearer of glasses since the age of 9 and have dabbled in the dry eye contact lens syndrome from time to time. 
     
    Glasses are always on even if I’m simply writing a short blurb. My eyeballs are shaped like footballs…

  4. Dzulhelmee says:

    It is so true ! The long period of exposure to the monitor will eventually cause some disruption to your eye. This has happen to me. My left eye are now have slight blurry vision. Thinking of getting that anti-glare monitor screen.

  5. Jack says:

    You really opened my eyes…if I can say so. The fact is that when you are passionate about something, it’s hard to detach and look at it from a rational perspective. Nevertheless, I will follow some of your tips to protect my health.

  6. Ashish Patel says:

    I agree with author. I’ve bought two new monitors because of headaches caused by my old monitor ^_^

  7. fas says:

    Which are the anti-glare monitors?s

  8. SurmingaWN says:

    I also wear glasses and really need them – even when wearing glasses I am more than likely to only spend 30 minutes staring at a computer screen then giving myself 5/10 minutes to go to the toilet or look out the window and rest my eyes. And also take my specs of during the timeout helps them

  9. Definitely eyesight weakness is one of the biggest problems. Sitting before computer is a must for bloggers which can cause this sometimes.

  10. Deen says:

    12 hours a day is okay for me… 🙂 what you need is some rest maybe 2 hours on the monitor and 7 minutes rest.. that will fix your eye prob…

  11. Karina says:

    I set my alarm and go and do some push ups or abs in between so I get distracted. I have also made the effort to blink from time to time. I prefer the desktop rather than the laptop because I believe it is not good for my posture.

  12. Thad P says:

    I work all day on my computer at work (three screens at a comfortable distance) and much of my evenings are spent on a computer.  Eye strain and headaches were a real problem until I got glasses 3 years ago.  Not reading glasses!  Old guy glasses (progressives).  But they immediately helped.
     
    Of course I still have to go to the eye doc once a year (cause my eyes continue to change).  My first clue is a series of headaches.
     
    Getting up at regular intervals and walking around are major helps too.

  13. Scary… you just reminded me to visit my Ophthalmologist.

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