Protect your eyes from your smartphone

The time we spend every day in front of our cell phones, laptops and desktops is growing. Most discussions about our health are usually only about the correct posture but our eyes are usually left out of the debate, unfortunately.

Danger for the eyes and a healthy sleep

If your eyes are not protected, you risk not only headaches and migraine attacks, but also temporary and permanent eye damage. A young woman from Taiwan operated her mobile phone for two years at the highest brightness setting before she went to the doctor after an increased number of complaints. There, they diagnosed over 500 small holes on her retina.

Frau im Bett mit Laptop

On top of that, many people use their mobile phone right after waking up in the morning and before falling asleep at night – usually in dark rooms. The usual suspects are Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter. This irritates our eyes. The bright light can also affect the hormones, which can lead to problems falling asleep. Therefore, it is advisable to stop using digital devices for at least 30-60 minutes before sleeping.

Blue light filter

But if you just can’t do without, you should at least adapt the brightness of your devices to the environment and especially use a blue light filter in the morning and the evening. This is an app that reduces the blue light on the display. The display will therefore be reddish (warmer) and much more pleasant for the eyes. Some manufacturers and Android versions have already integrated this feature into their system. Most blue-light filter apps can turn on and off automatically at the desired time via a timer function or via the time zone setting.

There are also programs for notebooks and PCs running Windows or Linux. For example redshift.

By the way, if you want to protect your privacy and surf faster and ad-free, we recommend the free Brave Browser (Android, iOS, Windows and Linux). It is based on Chromium (the open source version of Google Chrome) and comes with a built-in ad blocker.

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