Once you’re done reading this article, you might want to take a minute to gaze out the window. If you’re like most real estate investors, you spend a fair amount of time online tracking market trends, identifying leads, generating leads, and monitoring your business. Doing so is vital to your success, but you need to remember to give your eyes a break or you could end up permanently damaging your eyes. According to a recent report in Medical Practice and Reviews, nine out of every 10 people who use computers extensively (more than three or more hours a day) have “computer vision syndrome,” and it can seriously and permanently damage your vision.
Computer vision syndrome (CVS) stems mainly from something that you probably don’t even think about doing: blinking. Normal, healthy blinking happens about 17 times a minute, but because looking at a computer screen tends to create a scenario in which you are staring, you’re likely to only blink about a dozen times a minute when working in front of the computer. Also, because your eyes have to constantly refocus in order to read on a screen due to pixels being blurry, not sharp-edged like printed words, your eyes tend to become strained and fatigued over time.
CVS symptoms include tension headaches, double vision, dry eyes, red eyes, and other eye strain symptoms. Over time, CVS sufferers may develop chronic migraines or generally worsening vision. Researchers recommend keeping your eyes a minimum of 20 to 26 inches away from the screen and minimizing ambient light in order to avoid eye strain from the glare on the glass. Also, they suggest taking a 20-second break every 20 minutes to look at something at least 20 feet away.
Your eyes can take a beating when you’re working, so be sure to care for them.
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Carole Ellis is the host of Real Estate Investing Today, a popular 9-minute daily podcast focused on educating real estate investors about the important topics that will make their investing SAFER, FASTER, and MORE PROFITABLE. She's also the editor of the Bryan Ellis Investing Letter. She has more than a decade's worth of experience in and reporting on the real estate industry and, additionally, has written dozens of courses on the topic. Carole lives in Kennesaw with her husband, Bryan, and four children. She believes wholeheartedly that your best investment is always your OWN education.