Digital Eye Strain Is A Modern Problem

Also known as computer vision syndrome, digital eye strain impacts many Americans. Our modern, digital age brings some modern, digital problems.

Digital eye strain is the discomfort felt after using screens for an extended period of time. An estimated 65% of Americans suffer from digital eye strain. Whether it’s your iPad, smartphone, desktop computer, or gaming device, screen time can impact your eyes.

A comprehensive eye exam can diagnose digital eye strain and rule out any serious eye health issues. Book an appointment today.

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Symptoms of Digital Eye Strain

Some of the more common symptoms associated with digital eye strain include:

  • Dry eyes
  • Headaches
  • Eye strain
  • Blurry vision
  • Neck and shoulder pain

Most of these symptoms are temporary, and your discomfort will alleviate after stopping your screen time. But, since screen time is unlikely to go away in the long term, these symptoms might come back the next time you pick up a device.

It’s important to discuss your digital device usage with your optometrist. Dr. McCulley can provide some helpful tips to reduce the impact of your screen time.

Mitigation Strategies

There are a variety of ways to mitigate the impacts of digital eye strain:

  • Ergonomics: Everything about your workspace can impact your eyes. While you are seated at your desk, your keyboard and mouse should be within reach. Sit up and ensure proper posture.
  • Lighting: Make sure your screen is not too bright. It should be angled away from you to prevent glare.
  • 20-20-20: The 20/20/20 Rule is a mini reset for your vision. Every 20 minutes, take 20 seconds to look at something 20 feet away. This helps your eyes refocus and encourages you to blink.

Block Out Blue Light

Digital devices emit blue light, a type of visible light that isn’t as easily focused as regular light. Along with digital device use comes exposure to blue light. Eye care professionals are noticing more patients than ever with digital eye strain and other impacts of blue light exposure,

Some of those impacts include issues with sleep schedules. Blue light inhibits the production of the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin.

One way to minimize exposure to blue light is to invest in blue-light-blocking glasses. A special coating on the lenses can minimize your exposure and reduce the impacts of digital eye strain.

Relief Is An Appointment Away

We’re ready to help keep your eyes comfortable in this digital world. Book an appointment with Dr. McCulley to discuss your digital device use. 

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