Helping You Navigate a Digital World
In today’s world, digital devices have become incredibly common in our lives. From checking the time on our smartphones to working at a laptop for the better part of the day, digital devices have made things infinitely easier in work and play.
However, digital eye strain is becoming a common problem that many experience from improper device usage. After working at a desk all day, feeling tired and sore is a prevalent symptom of digital eye strain. Fortunately, there are many ways to avoid discomfort while using digital devices.
We want to help you live a comfortable life with your favorite digital devices. If you’d like more information on what you can do to prevent digital eye strain, please give us a call and book your appointment today!
Symptoms of Digital Eye Strain
Knowing what to look for when determining if your discomfort is due to digital eye strain is important.
Common symptoms include:
- Tired, sore eyes
- Sore neck, shoulders, or back
- Overly watery eyes
- Dry, gritty eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Trouble keeping your eyes open
Although these symptoms often correlate to digital eye strain, they can also be caused by an underlying eye condition. It’s always best to have your eyes evaluated if you’re experiencing ocular discomfort of any kind.
Causes of Digital Eye Strain
Digital eye strain, or “computer vision syndrome,” is not always solely caused by digital devices. What really causes the discomfort is the poor usage habits associated with digital devices or near work for extended periods.
Common causes of digital eye strain include:
- Poor lighting
- Glare on a digital screen
- Improper viewing distances
- Poor posture
- Uncorrected vision factors
Preventing Digital Eye Strain
Even though digital eye strain can be uncomfortable, it typically isn’t serious. Adjusting your work habits and desk space to accommodate your visual needs can keep your eyes feeling comfortable even through a long workday.
Some tips to stay comfortable include:
- Sit with your back straight in a chair with your feet flat on the ground.
- Adjust your screen’s brightness to match your surroundings.
- Adjust your screen to avoid glare from windows or fluorescent lights.
- Adjust your workspace so your screen is around an arm’s length away from your eyes, with your gaze slightly downward.
- Remember to blink!
- Have regular eye exams to correct and treat any underlying vision problems.
- Use the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break to focus on something 20 feet away.
Book Your Appointment Today!
If your eyes feel uncomfortable even after adjusting your workspace and everyday habits, there may be an underlying cause. Please, book an appointment today so we can get you back to working comfortably.
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