Digital Eye Strain Relief in Eagle Mountain

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Computer Vision Syndrome

Digital eye strain, also known as computer vision syndrome, is a very modern problem. Screen time is a fact of life these days, and we spend increasing amounts of time in front of digital devices. 

We use our smartphones to order dinner, our tables to FaceTime with family, our computers for homework, and our televisions for entertainment. About 65% of Americans experience some discomfort related to this screen time.

Any time you experience discomfort in the eye area, it is important to have a comprehensive exam to rule out any more serious conditions. We will discuss your digital device use with you and provide you with some mitigation strategies. 

Find a modern solution to this modern problem—book your eye appointment today!

Symptoms of Digital Eye Strain

The symptoms commonly associated with digital eye strain include:

  • Headache
  • Eye strain
  • Dry eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Shoulder pain
  • Neck pain

Why don’t we feel this same discomfort when doing near work like reading or writing? For starters, letters on a printed page are more clear and sharply defined than writing you are viewing on a digital device. You rarely experience glare while reading a book, and the contrast levels are much different.

The prescription in your regular glasses also may not be appropriate for the distance at which you commonly view your computer screen. 

While digital eye strain symptoms may alleviate when you take a break and look away from the screen, they will usually return once you’re back to work in front of the computer. 

To experience long-lasting digital eye strain relief, book your appointment at Eagle Vision today.

Preventing Digital Eye Strain

Completely stopping digital device use is simply not possible in this day and age. Instead, there are a few things we can do to help you mitigate the discomfort caused by digital eye strain. 

Proper Posture

Office ergonomics are an important way to keep comfortable while working. Setting up your workstation is something well within most people’s control, particularly if you have a home office.

Try the following:

  • Sit upright, with feet flat on the floor.
  • Don’t hunch your shoulders.
  • Align your neck with your torso.
  • Keep devices at eye level.
  • Have your keyboard and mouse close by to prevent reaching.

Most digital devices have some settings you can adjust to keep your eyes comfortable while using them.

Try these tips:

We know that taking a break from important work—or a great movie—might be hard. But, giving your eyes some periods of rest throughout your screen time can help with discomfort.

Try the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This easy exercise will help you take a moment to blink, relax, and refocus your eyes.

Block Blue Light

Blue light is emitted from your digital device screens. It is a specific wavelength of visible light that can interfere with sleep patterns. The brain interprets blue light as a sign to be awake, alert, and active

We recommend adding a blue light blocking coating to your glasses in order to prevent overexposure. Zeiss’s high-quality BlueProtect coating effectively filters blue light. 

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