Is Too Much Screen Time Making Your Eyes Tired & Sore?
While it may seem that our digital devices are taking over our waking lives, there’s no getting around the fact that they truly help make our lives more convenient and efficient. From studying in school to excelling at work, our digital devices are often at the center of our success.
But these screens can also lead to uncomfortable eye strain symptoms, especially after a long session of writing, reading, or playing. Our team is happy to help you find soothing solutions for maintaining your eye comfort using innovative techniques that cater to your needs and lifestyle.
Book an appointment today and see the path towards clear, comfortable vision.
What Is Digital Eye Strain?
Digital eye strain, in the simplest of terms, is eye strain caused by factors associated with digital screen use. Screen brightness, posture, room lighting, and screen height and distance can all affect your eye comfort, especially if you’re looking at a screen for an extended time.
However, eye strain isn’t exclusive to digital screens: reading, writing, and driving are all visually demanding tasks that could affect your eye comfort. Uncorrected refractive errors, like nearsightedness and farsightedness, can contribute to eye strain symptoms, as well.
Screens Can Affect More Than Your Vision
The sun is our largest source of blue light, and our brains interpret these lights as a sign to be awake and alert.
Digital screens also emit small amounts of blue light, but some studies have shown that looking at a digital screen for too long before bed could affect your sleeping patterns.
How Often Are Eye Exams Needed?
Eye strain is a common issue many of us experience, and there are several ways you can find relief right from the comfort of where you are.
For the most comprehensive digital eye strain solutions, please book an eye exam with our team. We can look for any issues that may be contributing to your symptoms and find strategies that match your needs and lifestyle.
The 20-20-20 Rule
The 20-20-20 rule is a common relief strategy people can use if they struggle with eye comfort.
Every 20 minutes, look at something about 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Give yourself a chance to blink and readjust your eyes, and you could regain comfort to focus on the task at hand.
Workplace & Lifestyle Adjustments
Sometimes, a few little changes to your office or home can make a world of difference.
Some common changes you can use can include:
- Taking regular breaks from work
- Adjusting your posture
- Minimizing screen glare
- Adjusting your screen’s height, distance, and brightness
One of the other most common strategies for managing eye strain are eye drops.
However, we recommend speaking with our team before purchasing any over-the-counter products. We can help recommend an eye drop right for your needs.
Find Comfortable Vision for the Digital Age
The world has gone digital, and we’re here to help keep your eyes comfortable in a world of computers, tablets, and smartphones.
If you’re struggling with digital eye strain, please book an appointment with us today.