Digital Eye Strain Causes & Symptoms

It’s no surprise that technology plays a larger role in our lives today than ever before. In fact, the average American spends more than half of their waking hours looking at a digital device!

Whether it’s a computer at work, checking your smartphone at lunch, or relaxing with a good book on an e-reader, technology is center stage — but not without consequences on your vision. You may not even realize it, but you could be suffering from digital eye strain.

What Causes Digital Eye Strain?

Computer Vision Syndrome, also referred to as digital or computer eye strain can be caused by spending too much time in front of a digital screen like a laptop computer or cell phone. When you look at a screen for too long, this often causes blinking to diminish, which in turn, causes your eyes to dry out and unnecessarily strain.

Symptoms of Digital Eye Strain

Eye strain symptoms vary because everyone has different habits, but the most common are:

  • Sore, tired or dry eyes
  • Headaches
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Burning or itching sensation in eyes
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Neck, shoulder or back pain

If you’re experiencing symptoms of digital or computer eye strain, any MyEyeDr. location can offer treatment. This may involve anti-fatigue or blue light lenses that block blue light or anti- reflective coatings on lenses which minimize glare.

How to Alleviate Digital Eye Strain

Given how ingrained technology is in our lives, it’s unrealistic to expect anyone to completely eliminate their screen time. But there are ways to help ease your digital eye strain, including:

  • Follow the 20-20-20 habit. This means that every 20 minutes, you take a 20 second break to look at an object 20 feet away.
  • Position your computer screen. Optimally, the computer screen should be 15 to 20 degrees below eye level (about 4 or 5 inches) as measured from the center of the screen and 20 to 28 inches from the eyes.
  • Remember to blink. It sounds very basic, but it’s one of the best things that you can do to reduce the dryness in your eyes.
  • Customize your computer’s display settings. This can include increasing the text size and adjusting the brightness up or down depending on the background — darker if it’s too bright, and lighter if it’s too dark.
  • Get regular eye health exams. It’s important to be honest with your doctor about how much time you’re spending in front of a digital device each day. Your eye doctor can evaluate any symptoms of digital eye strain, as suggest lens options or lifestyle changes that can help alleviate your discomfort and prevent it in the future.

Find Treatment for Digital Eye Strain

MyEyeDr. practices offer patients solutions that allow them to see clearer at home and at work every day. Let our practices help you improve your vision by treating your digital eye strain and finding the best eyewear for your needs. Each of our locations are staffed with highly-trained specialists who are members of the local community and dedicated to providing comprehensive eye care for you and your family.

MyEyeDr. practices accept all eye insurances and offer a wide variety of brands of eyeglasses and prescription contact lenses to suit your needs. To make an appointment, use our convenient online scheduler today.

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If you have digital eye strain and are looking for simple ways to improve your vision, our MyEyeDr. team can help. Our eye care practices have advanced technology and optometrists with years of expertise to offer comprehensive digital eye strain treatment.

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