A Digital Problem in a Digital Age
From computers and smartphones to tablets and TVs, digital devices are a reality of everyday life. But with our ever-increasing reliance on these devices, many Americans are experiencing eye discomfort.
This discomfort is caused by digital eye strain (also known as computer vision syndrome). It describes a group of vision and eye-related problems stemming from prolonged computer, tablet, or smartphone use.
While the symptoms are uncomfortable, there are no long-term consequences to your eye health. At Arena Eyeworks, we can help you find comfort and relief while working on digital devices. If you think you’re experiencing digital eye strain, give us a call!
Symptoms of Digital Eye Strain
Digital eye strain can cause any number of symptoms, including:
- Sore, tired, burning, or itching eyes
- Watery or dry eyes
- Blurred or double vision
- Sore neck, shoulders, or back
- Sensitivity to light
- Difficulty concentrating
- Eye fatigue or feeling like you can’t keep your eyes open
Causes of Digital Eye Strain
The devices themselves are only part of the cause of digital eye strain. It’s actually prolonged periods of focusing on one task without a break that causes eye strain, which can also occur when you read or drive long distances without a break.
Eye strain is more common with digital device use because digital screens make the eyes work harder. Screen glare, poor contrast, poor posture, and uncorrected vision problems can also exacerbate symptoms.
Preventing Digital Eye Strain
Fortunately, you can take some simple steps to help reduce your eye strain symptoms.
Simply giving your eyes frequent breaks throughout the day can sometimes help reduce your discomfort. To remember to take a break, follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds. These breaks give your eyes time to relax, refocus, and readjust.
- Reducing glare on your computer screen by using an anti-glare screen.
- Changing the lighting in your environment to reduce contrast with your computer screen.
- Adjusting your screen brightness or contrast to match your environment.
- Correcting your computer posture to reduce strain on your neck and back.
Book Your Appointment Today
Although digital eye strain is simple to treat and won’t lead to long-term vision problems, its symptoms are similar to other health conditions and eye issues. Our team at Arena Eyeworks can help figure out the cause of your symptoms with a comprehensive eye exam. So please call us – we’ll investigate your symptoms and get you back to working comfortably!
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