Digital Eye Strain

There's never a convenient time to experience digital eye strain. A great deal of what we do, from work to leisure, depends on digital devices. The typical American spends 11 hours a day using digital devices. When digital eye strain sets in, it can irritate your eyes as well as disrupt your workflow.

To help manage your symptoms of digital eye strain, please book an appointment with us today!

What is Digital Eye Strain?

Digital eye strain, or computer vision syndrome, typically develops after using digital devices for prolonged time periods. However, despite what the name might suggest, digital eye strain, isn't always brought on by the use of digital screens. Eye strain can occur any time your eyes are focusing on a close-up object for too long without taking a break.

Any time we are focusing on a task, we tend to blink less frequently, compromising our tear film and leaving our eyes feeling dry and irritated.

Signs and symptoms of digital eye strain can include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Headaches
  • Light sensitivity
  • Difficulty concentrating

If you already have a refractive error, you may experience a higher severity of symptoms.

Relieving Digital Eye Strain

Depending on the source of your eye strain and its relative symptoms, you may require different treatments to help your eyes feel comfortable again. For the best results, please consult your optometrist.

Some strategies your eye doctor may suggest include:

  • Using artificial tears for temporary relief.
  • Observing the 20/20/20 rule, which gives your eyes a much-needed rest. Every 20 minutes, take a short break and look at an object about 20 feet away for a minimum of 20 seconds.
  • Making environmental & behavioral changes. These changes may include adding a humidifier to your room or improving your workplace ergonomics by adjusting your screen height or brightness.

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