Now of course there are a million positives that come with the new era of digital reading that we live in, but it’d be dishonest to say that it has not brought some negatives with it as well. By skimming through articles all day long I seem to have developed a habit of “skim reading” and lost the attention span I had when I used to read. Sometimes I’ll even have the urge to constantly check Facebook while reading. On top of this, due to the large amount of time I spend looking at bright screens every day I began to feel more and more eye discomfort, especially as the day went on.
At first assumed that I had just been working too hard, but even during days where I had a good night’s sleep the discomfort would persist. After a while it became clear that this discomfort was a result of my extended periods of screen reading. After searching and searching, I finely stumbled upon some resources that pointed out the central problem, lighting.
As it turns out screen glare from unbalanced ambient lighting was the central cause of my eye discomfort. At home while reading I had been enjoying the warm atmosphere of my dimly lit den, while at work I spent my day under the bright florescent lights in our office. It seems I was getting the worst of both worlds with too bright a light during the day and too dim a light when I returned home. But finding the problem is only half the battle, now I needed a solution.
After searching and searching for a fix all I finally came across exactly what I was looking for, lamps specially made for e-reading. This new kind of LED lamp was the answer to all my eye discomfort. Not only did it come with adjustable light ratios to match any lighting environment, but it even had an automatic “e-Reading mode” to give me a perfectly customised light for my multiple reading environments. The lamp was so effective at reducing discomfort in the workplace that I even got one for my home, which worked great since the adjustable light temperature gave me the same warm lighting I had before.
With my lighting problem fixed I have eliminated all the eye discomfort I had while e-reading, now I just have to figure out how to stop interrupting my reading by checking Facebook every five minutes.
Also check out more information about e-Reading: the rapid growth of mobile reading, and why you need a proper lamp to reduce glare when reading on screens.
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