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Prevent Digital Eye Strain

Preventing Digital Eye Strain

There is no question that digital eye strain exists, its subtle and effects a lot of people. 60.5% of adults experience symptoms of digital eye strain, also called Computer Vision Syndrome. Unless you live screen free, you're susceptible to it. Here are the symptoms and solutions to alleviate it or hopefully prevent it.

Symptoms of Digital Eye Strain:

  1. eyestrain
  2. headaches
  3. blurred vision
  4. dry eyes
  5. neck and shoulder pain

Eye Strain Solutions:

  1. Make use of the 20-20-20 method take 20 seconds to view something 20 feet away, every 20 minutes.
  2. Eradicate screen glare with less overhead lighting
  3. Increase the distance between your eyes and the screen, Keep it at arms length. Probably the most difficult rule to follow.
  4. Enlarge text on the screen
  5. Get your eyes checked. Uncorrected vision problems can make these symptoms worse.
  6. Wear blue light blocking glasses

Navigation on the Bottom

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What device do you visit websites on the most? Desktop or smartphone? I'm no psychic but my guess is your smartphone. I base that on the fact that a rather large percentage of web traffic is done on mobile devices. So now that we've established that you visit websites mostly on your phone lets note the location of your hand. Do you hold your phone up at the top? or are you holding it towards the bottom? I shall take another guess and say towards the bottom.

So you're on a website on your phone and you're holding your phone in your dominant hand. If you have anything bigger than an iPhone 4s, you're going to have to do some reaching if you want to get to the navigation bar. Or maybe you have to use your other hand to press. Is that how it should be? I say no.

Our world is filled with web designers and user interface designers. Yet navigation is still predominantly placed at the top of the screen. Your argument that Apple has reachability and such is valid. However, yeah but still. Navigation should be on the bottom for mobile devices. where your thumbs are.