Digital Eye Strain

Do you work on a computer all day? Have you started experiencing headaches or blurry vision? Digital eye strain may be the culprit. As our world increasingly transitions to a digital one, this problem is rising in tandem with that transition. Luckily, our Calgary eye doctors are able to help. 

Should you find yourself suffering from any of these symptoms due to your digital consumption, be sure to get in touch with our Calgary eye clinic today.

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What exactly is digital eye strain?

Also known as computer vision syndrome, digital eye strain is a set of uncomfortable symptoms that occur as a result of prolonged digital device usage. Ranging from headaches to neck pain, digital eye strain can cause a host of vision problems if it is left unaddressed.

What causes digital eye strain?

Prolonged usage of digital devices such as computers, smartphones, televisions, tablets, gaming devices, and e-readers can cause digital eye strain.

What are the signs or symptoms of digital eye strain?

  • Signs and symptoms of digital eye strain include:
  • Itchy or irritated eyes
  • Headaches
  • Eye weariness or fatigue
  • Dry or watery eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Double vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Neck, back, or shoulder pain
  • Problems focusing

How do you relieve digital eye strain?

If you find yourself experiencing any of the above signs or symptoms, try these tips to relieve digital eye strain:

Increase the distance between you and your computer screen. Generally speaking, your computer screen (or any screen for that matter) should be at least an arm’s length away from your eyes. It should also be a little lower than eye level.

Adjust the settings of your computer screen. By changing the brightness, colour temperature, and contrast of your screen you can help relieve the effects of digital eye strain.

Reduce glare by positioning your screens properly. Try to avoid having your screen in front of or parallel to a window, and use an anti-glare screen cover if the former is unavoidable.

Keep your screens clean by keeping them free of dust or fingerprints, which will help reduce the amount of effort your eyes exert when focusing.

Remember the 20-20-20 rule, which says you should look at something that’s at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds every 20 minutes.

Don’t forget to blink often. When we use digital devices we blink a lot less than normal, so try to be more cognizant of your blinking and do it more often. If necessary, use eye drops to keep your eyes more lubricated.

Use blue-blocking lenses. Our Calgary optometrist would be happy to recommend a pair of glasses which have blue-blocking lenses if your digital eye strain symptoms persist. These lenses cut down on the amount of blue light that’s absorbed by your eyes while using a computer or watching TV.

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If you continue to suffer from digital eye strain symptoms such as headaches or blurry vision, contact our Calgary eye doctor today and let us help you get the relief you need. You can reach us by calling 403-252-2020 or by filling in our online contact form.

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