Digital screens have become a part of our everyday lives with computers, TV’s, tablets, and phones. In fact, you’re reading this on a screen right now! All this screen time can negatively impact our health, particularly our eyes.
Digital Eye Strain, or Computer Vision Syndrome, happens when we spend long periods of time in front of a screen. When we sit in front of a computer or a tablet, we blink less and are exposed to harmful blue light.
If you spend a lot of time on your computer or smartphone and you’ve noticed your eyes are sore at the end of the day, you’re likely suffering from digital eye strain. Symptoms can go beyond sore eyes and can even result in discomfort in your neck and back. Common symptoms include:
Digital eye strain is a common side effect of our digital lives, but it is preventable. A good habit to get into is the 20-20-20 rule. To help prevent digital eye strain, every 20 minutes make sure you look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. A quick, regular break from your screen is the best way to prevent digital eye strain and rejuvenate your eyes.
If you’re experiencing persistent discomfort from digital eye strain, book an appointment with one of our optometrists to discuss your symptoms and available treatment options.
Avoiding our computers isn’t a practical option for most of us. That said, there are ways to optimize your workspace to help reduce digital eye strain. Make sure your computer is at least an arms length away from your eyes and positioned away from light sources to reduce glare. Proper posture is also important, so make sure your head, neck, and back are in a straight line and your elbows are relaxed and close to your body when typing.
Blue light blocking glasses are another way to protect your eyes. They work by filtering out harmful blue light that is emitted by digital screens. Our optometrists can help recommend the best options for you when it comes to choosing blue light blocking glasses and preventing digital eye strain.
Broadway Eyecare is conveniently located on the corner of Broadway & Main Street, just around the corner from Oskayak High School.
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We understand that life is busy, and it isn’t always convenient to take time out of your workday to visit your optometrist. To help serve you better, we offer Saturday appointments and have extended hours on Thursdays.