How much time do you think you spend staring at your gadgets on a typical day? Since we are living in a digital world, my guess is that number is pretty high. Between work, surfing the internet and checking in on social media sites you could be spending multiple hours a day looking at a digital screen.
That much time gazing at a gadget could result in several health problems. Headaches, blurred vision and itchy eyes to name a few. The good news is, Apple is adding a feature that is designed to help.
A recent survey from The Vision Council found that 90 percent of Americans look at digital screens - a computer, smartphone or tablet - for more than two hours per day. Nearly 60 percent of those people use their gadgets for more than five hours per day, with 70 percent using two or more of their devices at the same time.
That is a great deal of screen time. But what are the consequences?
More than 65 percent of Americans have had symptoms of digital eye strain, neck, shoulder and back pain, headaches, blurred vision and dry eyes.
How Apple is fighting eye strain
To help cut down on the negative impacts of staring at a digital screen, Apple previously implemented the Night Shift feature on iOS. This feature adjusts the color of your display after sunset. Now, Night Shift is being added to the next macOS update.
Many studies show that exposure to bright-blue light at nighttime can affect your circadian rhythms, making it difficult to fall asleep. After sunset, Night Shift will change the colors of your display to the warmer end of the spectrum, making it much easier on the user's eyes. In the morning, the display goes back to its regular settings.
The default setting of Night Shift is to turn on from sunset to sunrise. However, you can adjust the time schedule to whatever you like.
You can enable Night Shift in two ways on your iPhone:
- Swipe up to open Control Center - Tap the half-moon symbol located in the upper right to turn Night Shift on or off.
- Go to Settings >> Display & Brightness >> Night Shift. On the same screen, you can set a schedule and adjust color temperature.
If you haven't been taking advantage of Night Shift, give it a try on your iPhone or iPad and see if your eyes feel better. If this works for you and you have a Mac, you will be able to use Night Shift when it is released in the near future.