Digital Eye Strain
According to the Vision Council, nearly 9 in 10 adults (88 percent) spend more than two hours each day using a digital device, with 1 in 10 people spending at least three-fourths of their waking hours on a digital device. This can result in a relatively new type of eye disorder: digital eye strain.
Symptoms of digital eye strain include dry eyes, eye irritation, blurred vision, eye fatigue, neck pain, and headaches. At 20/20 Image Eye Centers, we can help relieve digital eye strain symptoms and help you make changes to avoid a recurrence.
The most common medical complaint associated with digital eye strain is dry eyes. Treatment for dry eyes associated with digital eye strain can include artificial lubricants, prescription eye drops, and warm compresses. For severe cases of dry eye, we may recommend the use of a punctal plug, a small medical device inserted to block the tear duct and prevent drainage of liquid from the eye.
We can also prescribe special computer glasses with lenses that are designed to bring your display screen into focus more clearly, helping to reduce “screen squinting” and poor posture.
Take Steps to Avoid Digital Eye Strain
If you are a frequent computer user or spend long hours using a smart phone or tablet, you may be at risk for digital eye strain. The eye doctors of 20/20 Image Eye Centers recommend you take the following steps to help prevent digital eye strain:
- 20-20-20 Rule – Every 20 minutes, take a break from your screen and stare at an object 20 feet away, for 20 seconds
- Wear eyeglasses with special lenses designed to bring mid-range objects such as a computer screen into immediate focus, reducing eye strain
- Use an anti-glare screen on your computer display
- Adjust screen brightness, contrast and text size
- Blink more frequently to lubricate your eyes
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