Digital Eye Strain in Scarborough

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Protection in an Increasingly Digital World

It is no surprise that in the modern world, technology has become intertwined with everyday life. We sit at computers for many of our jobs, requiring us to focus at different ranges and levels than what our eyes naturally want to focus on, which can cause eye strain and fatigue.

Digital eye strain is a common condition that occurs from poor device usage or uncorrected refractive errors. Common symptoms of digital eye strain include:

  • Sore, tired, burning, or itchy eyes
  • Overly watery or dry eyes
  • Blurred or distorted vision
  • Headache
  • Sore neck, shoulders, and back
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue

If you are experiencing sudden changes in vision or prolonged discomfort, please schedule a comprehensive eye examination to evaluate your eyes and detect any underlying causes.

Typically, the devices themselves are not the main culprit for causing fatigue and discomfort. Blue light emitted from digital devices has been shown to affect your circadian rhythm. However, there is no significant evidence that blue light causes damage to the eyes.

Poor usage habits most commonly cause digital eye strain. Typically, we blink around 15 to 20 times per minute, but when we are using digital devices, that amount falls to around half as often.

Digital screens are often viewed too close or too far away, making it difficult for the eyes to focus for extended periods. Couple less-than-ideal viewing distances with distracting glare or reflections on screens and the eyes can quickly become fatigued.

Poor posture can also play a significant role in tired muscles and sore eyes. Using devices at makeshift work stations where you cannot sit comfortably puts unnecessary stress on your eyes and muscles.

Treatments for Digital Eye Strain

The most immediate resolution to digital eye strain is to modify your environment, especially if you are working on a computer.

  • Move the screen back, if possible, to where it is about an arm’s length from your eyes when seated comfortably.
  • Ensure you can sit up straight with your feet flat on the floor.
  • Take a quick break every 20 minutes to rest your eyes by focusing on something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds, called the 20-20-20 rule.
  • Be aware of your blink rate. If you blink and your eyes hurt, take a moment to blink normally to moisturize your eyes.
  • Ensure your workstation is well-lit, and that the light does not directly hit your screen, causing glare.

If your symptoms do not improve after making changes to your usage habits and environment, there may be an underlying cause. Neuro-visual training can be an option to train your eyes and brain to work together more efficiently.

Please visit us for a comprehensive eye exam so we can best evaluate your unique situation.

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