Ever since I've started using computers to compose, I always wondered what sort of long term effect it had on me..
As you know we have moved on to a digital age where computers dominant our lives, we are surrounded in screens, electronic vibrations, artificial lights and capability to enlarge everything pictures to paragraphs, either at work and in our personal live.
We can't escape it.
About 5 years go I found out that my eyesight has slightly decreased and that in future I will have to wear glasses. to protect my eyesight from further damage, unless I do something about it..
This was a shocker as I always praised my ability to read the number of the bus clearly whilst it's in the distance,, so from that day I realised that the more I use my beloved mac, from composing to surfing the net, the worse my eyesight will become..
So to add a bandage over the wound, I picked a nice pair of specs, to be prepared for the day of reckoning and at least be in style.
I love composing and acknowledge that in my generation a lot of the media we hear today is composed, produced and required to be heard via some electronic device..
But if I want to keep eyesight in good condition until my 50s (pray for 60s), then I'm going to have to start taking care of them.
Embrace the new specs and wear them as little as possible so my eyes do not get used to them (as once they do there is no turning back), take eyesight supplements and give my eyes a work out by looking out and focusing into the distance as much as possible to build clarity.
Here are some more tips:
All digital composers and anyone who uses computers on a daily basis, beware, understand and take into consideration that the sacrifices nowadays is not only your time sitting in front of a screen but your eyesight.
An interesting article I found about the effects of computers screen and a condition called Computer Vision Syndrome..
There are many more but this is one of the recent ones I found, so happy reading.