Our eyes are linked to overall health in some pretty unusual ways and problems may continue especially as we grow older. For example, the American Optometric Association tells us once we reach the age of forty, the increased use of technology can be associated with the development of complications like presbyopia, more commonly known as farsightedness.
The inability to see objects closeup is more than inconvenient considering the omnipresence of today’s handheld devices and computers. Once farsightedness could only be addressed with the use of eyeglasses or contacts, but many people have found success with the development of newer technology like Lasik surgery.
Addressing the Problem
Along with the increase in the use of today’s technology, has come an increase in posture-related problems that can be directly attributed to prolonged sitting behind screens and other electronic devices. Lower back pain, headaches and neck pain are just a few of the many conditions that are plaguing our technologically drenched society.
A Possible Solution
Prometheus, the developers of a new desktop software application, are looking to address this problem. Recognizing that 80% of today’s population has suffered with back pain and it is the single highest cause for disability in the world, they have developed the Prometheus Posture and Eye Health Application.
“The effects of bad posture on your body are like putting off getting your car serviced,” claim cofounders Trevor Montgomery and Nikki Tse, “It will run ok for a while, but eventually it’s going to break down … the longer you leave it, the more money it will cost you.”
Analysis & Advice
Combined with the use of a webcam, the application will provide feedback related to the posture of its users. It will also look at other issues commonly associated with computer use like dry eyes and strain that can come from a lack of blinking while typing away at the keyboard.
After analysis by the app, Prometheus can recommend closing one’s eyelids more frequently, recommend additional break times, offer statistics about usage and habits. They believe by addressing these problems it will lead to more productivity, less stress a better overall mood and even improve breathing and digestion.
The popular self-help site, Lifehacker, claims they can alleviate the “computer hunch” in just 30 seconds with some simple stretching exercises. The Thoracic Bridge technique was conceived by exercise enthusiast Max Shank, who recommends some easy stretching routines. The movements he recommends in a short video are meant to open up our body and relieve the pain we can feel in our neck, back, shoulders and hips.
Chances are if you’re reading this article, you may be hunched over a keyboard, sitting behind a desk and staring at a screen. Perhaps you could benefit from some time away from your computer and a little bit of movement along with a much needed break for your eyes.