In the digital era like now, the millennial generation can no longer be separated from their gadgets. This is understandable, because work, school assignments, college assignments, or hobbies can be accessed online through gadgets.
A study says millennials spend about six hours a day in front of a computer screen or gadget. This can have an unfavorable impact on health, especially the eyes.
One of the conditions that often occurs due to excessive use of gadgets is computer vision syndrome (CVS), which is a condition characterized by pain, heaviness, and tiredness in the eyes after viewing a smartphone screen for a long period of time.
In addition, you can also feel dizzy, nauseous, or dry eyes. Most of the millennial generation have experienced it, because this syndrome occurs in 80 percent of gadget users more than 4 hours per day.
Exposure to light from gadgets can also increase the risk of suffering from minus eyes or myopia. People who have myopia often need glasses as a tool to see or read at a distance.
There are several things that can cause eye problems in millennials, namely:
Exposure blue rays
Digital technology results in exposure to high energy light in the form of blue rays. These rays can be easily absorbed by the eyes, increasing the risk of developing eye disorders.
Eyes are forced to focus too long
When working in front of a computer screen or gadget, the eyes will be forced to continue to focus. When the eyes are focused for too long, the eye muscles will quickly feel tired and tense.
Lack of blinking frequency
When the eyes are too focused to stare at the screen for a long time, sometimes the blinking frequency will decrease. This will trigger dry eyes which can cause symptoms of itching and irritation.
However, there are ways to avoid eye problems for millennials:
1. Apply the “20-20-20 rule”, i.e. every time you work in front of a screen for 20 minutes, you must stop and stare at an object 20 feet away (approximately 6 meters) for 20 seconds or more
2. Increase the frequency of blinking consciously
3. Keep the distance between the eyes and the screen so as not to be too close (30 cm for viewing WL, 60 cm for viewing computer, 3 meters for viewing television)
4. Adjust the room lighting so that it is not too bright and still comfortable for the eyes.
5. Conduct regular check-ups with an ophthalmologist at least once a year.