Relax Your Eyes: We Can Help with Digital Eye Strain
Do you know that 97% of Americans now own a smartphone? And that 75% of Americans own a computer and 50% own a tablet? From phones and computers to tablets and TVs, it’s safe to say we all rely on our digital devices, whether for work, leisure, and everything in-between.
But even as these devices make many things in life more convenient, they also cause digital eye strain and symptoms like eye fatigue, blurred vision, or headaches. Because this condition is related to long-term device use, it can affect children as well as adults. However, eye strain rarely causes any long-term complications.
Our team at Golden Triangle Optometric Center is here to help you and your family regain your comfort while working, virtual learning, or enjoying your leisure time. Give us a call today and book an appointment!
Digital Eye Strain Symptoms
Digital eye strain comes with a myriad of symptoms, some that are similar to other eye conditions. If you experience any of the following signs, please call us soon for an eye exam. We can rule out anything potentially more serious and can give you a reliable plan for avoiding digital discomfort in your day-to-day life:
- Sore, tired, burning, or itching eyes
- Watery or dry eyes
- Blurred or double vision
- Sore neck, shoulders, or back
- Sensitivity to light
- Difficulty concentrating
- The feeling that you can’t keep your eyes open
Causes of Digital Eye Strain
Even though this condition is called “digital” eye strain, it’s really just eye strain associated with digital device use. You can experience eye strain while reading, writing, or driving for long periods as well, but digital screen use is one of the most common causes of eye strain.
This is because digital screens make our eyes work harder. Text on a screen is not as defined as text on paper, and contrast, brightness, glare, and reflections on a screen can make viewing difficult. Undiagnosed vision problems can also contribute to symptoms of digital eye strain.
How to Prevent Digital Eye Strain
You and your family can avoid digital eye strain by making some simple changes to your device use and workstation.
- Rest your eyes by taking task breaks throughout the day (anything that can take you away from your screen) or by following the 20-20-20 rule. These breaks give your eyes a chance to relax and refocus, reducing the strain put on them.
- Make sure your children are also taking time away from their screens. Coupling the 20-20-20 rule with some much-needed outdoor time can reduce their chances of experiencing eye strain while also giving their eyes the best chances of developing normally.
- Adults and children alike should adopt proper workspace set-up. An appropriate chair, proper posture, and workplace ergonomics can keep you comfortable working on a computer for hours. They also have the added bonus of reducing the chance of repetitive strain injury.
- Position your screen away from bright lights to reduce glare and set your contrast and brightness to match your environment to make viewing your screen easier.
- Visit your optometrist for regular eye exams to correct any vision problems. Discuss specialty eyewear (like computer glasses) that can help improve your comfort while using digital devices with your eye doctor.
Trust Your Golden Triangle Team
If you or your child experience digital eye strain, please call us to book an appointment. We’d love to help you find the solutions you deserve to continue using your devices with comfort.
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