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Digital Eye Strain

Digital eye strain is sometimes called computer vision syndrome. This is an increasingly common concern for many Canadians as we spend longer stretches of time on our computers, tablets, and phones. Digital eye strain can affect anyone, even children. Staring at your digital device for too long can cause significant strain on your eyes.

Digital eye strain is not a serious problem, but if left untreated it can impact your ability to perform tasks and disrupt your enjoyment of life. The key to managing digital eye strain is to consult with your optometrist and incorporate certain lifestyle changes and healthy habits to minimize the uncomfortable effects of this condition.

The Symptoms Of Digital Eye Strain

At this time, there is no evidence that prolonged screen time can cause long-term damage to your vision, but digital eye strain can cause discomfort. Here are some of the symptoms of digital eye strain:

  • Dry eyes
  • Eye fatigue
  • Blurry or double vision
  • Headaches
  • Excessive tearing
  • Itchiness or irritation
  • Neck, shoulder, and back pain
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Difficulty focusing

The Causes Of Digital Eye Strain

When using our computers, tablets, and phones we are often subjected to quickly changing images, movement, and small text. This can cause our eyes to have to focus and refocus rapidly, leading to fatigue. We also blink less frequently as we are intensely focused on the task at hand. There are other factors that can also contribute to digital eye strain such as:

  • Screen glare/ blue light
  • Poor environmental lighting
  • Poor posture
  • Underlying, uncorrected vision impairments

If you are suffering from the symptoms of digital eye strain, your optometrist can be a valuable source of insight and information. A comprehensive eye exam lets your eye doctor detect any underlying eye conditions that may be contributing to your discomfort and make recommendations for healthy habits when using digital devices.

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Digital Eye Strain FAQs

This is a healthy habit to develop when you are using digital devices for a prolonged period of time. The 20-20-20 rule encourages you to look into the distance at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes when using a screen.

There are some very simple things you can do to relieve your digital eye strain symptoms and avoid them in the future. Follow these tips:

  • Follow the 20-20-20 rule
  • Use a screen glare filter
  • Blink often
  • Use proper posture and ensure your workstation is set up to support your body
  • Keep your screen arms length away from your eyes
  • Use enlarged text on your phone, tablet, and computer
  • Rest your eyes for 15 minutes every two hours when on your digital device

Your Bower Eye Care optometrist may be able to recommend other options for relief like specialty eyewear or lubricating eye drops.

Yes, they can. It is important to help your child develop healthy habits for digital device use early for a lifetime of clear vision.

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