Digital Eye Strain

Screens and Your Eyes

 Spending too much time on digital screens (Phone, Computer, Television) can cause eye and vision-related problems. In the eye-care world, this is referred to as "digital eye strain". Unfortunately, we live in a digital world now more than ever and there is no way around how much time we have to spend on screens for work and/or school.  Some of the symptoms caused or aggravated by digital eye strain include:

  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Overwatering eyes
  • Neck and shoulder pain

This all sounds pretty dreary, but there are simple things you can do to avoid digital eye strain. Following these simple rules can save you from health and vision problems:

  • 20-20-20 Rule (Every 20 minutes, find something 20 feet away, and stare at it for 20 seconds)
  • Frequent breaks
  • Make sure your eyeglasses prescription is current and ask your optician about "Computer glasses" or "Glasses for Digital Screens".
  • Seating position (feet should be able to lay flat on the floor)
  • Frequent extra blinks
  • Avoid glare on your screen

If you have tried these and are still having issues, or you need to make sure your prescription is up to date, give us a call today!