You read while lying down
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When you’re at a funny angle, like you are when you lie down and prop a book up, your eyes have to work extra hard to track the words. Instead, make sure you’re in a well-lit room and sitting upright with your book on your lap. If eye pain persists while reading, the Vision Specialists of Michigan says there may be an underlying eye condition that should be checked out by our ophthalmologist. These are shocking diseases that eye doctors can detect first.
You read (A LOT) on your smartphone
These little pocket computers that help us keep in touch, direct us with GPS, and help us be more efficient at work are also really bad for our eyes. The smaller screen means smaller text, which causes our eyes to strain harder to see and interpret the words. According to a 2014 U.K. study of more than 2,000 people under 25 years old, 55 percent of participants said they felt their screen exposure affects their health, with eye discomfort being their main problem area. These are 5 times when paper is better than digital.
You drive at night
The combination of low light visibility, bright lights from oncoming traffic and needing to read (say, directions) while in motion is a dangerous one for eye strain. If you do a lot of traveling in the evening or nighttime, the muscles in your eyes have to work harder to adjust for the movement and changes in light levels causing them to strain and feel achy in the morning. Here are 11 scary driving scenarios and exactly how to handle them.