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Digital Eye Strain

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Digital Eye Strain is an Increasingly Common Eye Condition

What is Digital Eye Strain?

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, which requires us to focus at different ranges and levels than that of what our eyes naturally want to focus at, which can cause eye strain and fatigue. Our eyes naturally focus at a range of approximately 150 centimetres, while many computer screens are set up well within 100 centimetres

Symptoms of Digital Eye Strain

Common symptoms include headaches, decreased blink rate (which can lead to blurry vision and dry eyes), itchiness of the surface of the eye, and pain that seems to originate from within or just behind your eyes, and loss of focus.

What To Do About 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 one meter from your eyes when seated comfortably.
  • Take a quick break every twenty minutes to rest your eyes by focusing on something other than your screen (~20ft away) for at least 20 seconds, our 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.

Important Information to Know:

Why do digital screens cause Digital Eye Strain?

Computer monitors and tablet screens are comprised of millions of small dots called pixels. Reading words on your computer screen is much different than reading words on paper, as pixels are of finite dimensions and even with the best screens available, cannot reproduce the sharpness and definition of printed material. As well, computer screens are backlit, meaning you are technically looking directly into a light, and the words and images viewed on your screen cause lingering afterimages in your vision.

I've tried everything suggested, my eyes are still sore. Are there ways to treat Digital Eye Strain?

In some cases, specialized glasses may be needed to relieve eye strain, which include features such as tinted or coated lenses that reduce the impact of digital screens on your vision. As well, Neuro Visual Training may be needed to train your eyes and brain to work together more efficiently. Speak to your Vision Care Centre optometrist should you have any concerns or questions.

Neuro-Visual Training Testimonials

  • Before beginning my therapy at Vision Care Centre, I frequently struggled with my vision. As a university student, reading and taking notes in lectures were a significant struggle and using my glasses caused great distress. Headaches and motion sickness were very common with and without the use of my glasses. On a routine check-up with Dr. Ramesh, I communicated my concerns and was quickly enrolled in the neuro-visual training program. My wonderful neuro-visual trainer, Kelley would provide me with comprehensive tasks that would both challenge and help me develop understanding and control of my vision. I no longer use my glasses, suffer from headaches or motion sickness and have great confidence in my vision.

    Ben M.

  • We want to thank you very much for all your hard work that went into Alicia's Neuro-Visual Therapy. It has opened Alicia's ability to do so much more both personally and in school, and what means most to us as her parent, we see how confident Alicia is in herself and in her school work. She was always falling down a lot and she always had her head tilted to one side. Now she is focused to get her tasks done on time and the best part, correctly...

    Craig and Nadine P.

  • I would like to thank you and Cristina for working with my son over the past year. They have not only trained his eyes but they provided him with a sense of confidence in his abilities. When we first came for our check up it was only mentioned on the side that his reading was regressing...We knew it had to do with some of his Chronic Lyme Treatment and we did not want things to get worse... We will be forever grateful that our son will not be another statistic of "lost kids" in the school system being medicated to manage behavioral issues which would have undoubtedly arisen the worse his eyes got.

    Sarah S.

  • Before eye therapy school was hard and not fun. School is now easy and I look forward to go to school every day. Eye therapy has helped me be more focused. Eye therapy has taught me how to read, write and learn in a different and better way. Thank you for all your help.

    Chloe T. Age 11

  • I thought overall it was a very fun and difficult experience, the people I worked with are very nice and patient people and around me that’s tough so I would like to thank you a lot it helped so much and you will hear about my achievements. Thank you.

    Nicholas F. Age 13

  • The staff at Vision Care Centre has been amazing while Nicholas has been undergoing his vision therapy. They have been incredibly patient while Nicholas was having some difficult weeks. Over the course of therapy, his focus in school has improved, his headaches have lessened and he has started scoring goals in Hockey again. We feel good and are happy with the whole experience.

    Marisa F. (Mother)

  • The 36 week eye therapy program that Hannah has completed has been a very positive experience. The main benefits have been to teach her how to focus her eyes on a specific task and to have her eyes work effectively with the rest of her body. This has improved her reading, effectiveness and focus at school and her hand eye coordination...

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  • Dear Dr. Ramesh, I am writing to thank you for your persistence and dedication to my daughter. I am so thankful for encountering such an amazing doctor who truly cares about her patients. Back in 2015 when I brought my daughter in for the first time, I was hysterical and scared...

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  • When I started the program, I had trouble focusing and sitting and doing my work. Since I started the 36 week program, this has changed. I focused on getting better grades than I did in grade 2 (now in grade 3). I have got A’s in all subjects this year. Now I can sit and do my work, I am able to focus and I am not always looking around the room at other things. I used to need a ruler to read, now I don’t and I can read better and faster than I used to. I am doing great and have learned a lot through this experience.

    Hannah M. Age 9

  • Before I started Vision Therapy I would get very bad headaches while taking notes in class or studying. Because of the headaches, I wouldn't be able to study very efficiently for as long as I needed...

    Brooklyn K. Age 18 - Read More

  • Before eye therapy I could not write and did not see words properly. Sometimes the words floated around my paper. After eye therapy reading is easier. I can read in a group and follow along. It is also easier to read the board at school. Eye therapy has really helped me and now I know my b's and d's !! Thankyou

    Ella T. Age 10

  • Dr Ramesh, I cannot thank you you enough for giving both my girls the opportunity to do eye therapy. It has been wonderful to see them go from struggling to self confident. I thank you so much for what you have done for the girls. Sincerely

    Christine T. (Mother)

  • Prior to starting therapy Madison had difficulties with spatial awareness, balance, reading (re-reading), low peer interactions at school and difficulty concentrating at home and at school when doing tasks. Madison had many difficulties...

    Tina S. (Mother) - Read More

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