Have you ever thought about Digital Eye Strain?
If your eyes feel dry and tired, your vision is blurry by the end of the day, or your head, neck, and shoulders ache, all that time with your digital devices might be to blame.
Digital eye strain is the temporary discomfort that follows two or more hours of digital device use. A variety of electronic devices can cause digital eye strain, including televisions, desktop and laptop computers, smartphones, e-readers, tablets, and gaming systems, especially when they are used simultaneously or when switching repeatedly from one device to another.
Normally, we blink about 17 times a minute. That spreads tears evenly over your eyes, which keeps them from getting dry and irritated. But researchers have found that people blink less than half as often when they’re reading, watching, or playing on a screen. Also, the contrast of text against the background, the glare, and flickering from digital screens can be hard on your eyes.
Good news is, you don’t have to cut out all of your screen time. A few simple changes to how you use your devices can make a big difference.
10 Ways to reduce computer eyestrain
- Get a comprehensive eye exam – regular check-ups every year.
- Use proper lighting – you don’t want the screen to be brighter than your surroundings.
- Minimize glare – use a matte screen filter or anti-glare coating on lenses.
- Upgrade your display – raising the device’s refresh rate will cause less flickering.
- Adjust display settings – raise the contrast on your screen, and make the text larger.
- Blink more often – you can also use artificial tears or a humidifier in the room.
- Exercise your eyes –20-20-20 rule: every 20 min look at an object 20 feet away for 20 sec.
- Take frequent breaks – take longer breaks of 15 min after every 2 hrs spent on a device.
- Modify your workstation – Your screen must be an arm’s length away and the center 10 degrees below eye level.
- Consider computer eye wear – Computer glasses are an increasingly popular solution for reducing both computer eye strain and the potentially damaging effects that increased digital use can have on your vision. They help the eyes adjust to intermediate-distance objects, such as computer screens, are available in all shapes and sizes and can be made with or without a prescription. They look like regular glasses but the difference lies in the lens. Depending on your visual needs, some computer glasses have a modified lens power that relaxes the eye while providing a large field of view, while other computer glasses feature an anti-reflective coating which helps combat eye strain by softening the glare from harsh indoor and outdoor lighting and improving contrast. Some computer glasses even feature lenses that selectively absorb harmful blue light, preventing it from entering the cornea and causing eye damage. Computer glasses can include all three of these features or only the feature or features which your eyes require.
Did you find this article helpful? If so, please remember to schedule your annual eye exam with us or come in for a consultation regarding computer glasses to ensure your eyes are protected from digital eye strain.