A Growing Digital Concern
As our use of digital technology increases, so does the strain on our eyes. Many people use digital screens throughout most of their day: from your smartphone to your computer, or perhaps at home, watching your television, our eyes are often directed towards a screen.
Unfortunately, this can result in digital eye strain and other troubles for our eyes—and even our necks and backs. At EyeCare Niagara, we want to help our patients enjoy technology safely and limit the negative effects and symptoms of digital eye strain.
If you’re interested in learning more about digital eye strain or have questions, please contact us.
Digital Eye Strain Symptoms
If you spend extended periods on digital devices, it’s likely you’ve experienced the effects of digital eye strain before. However, many people disregard the symptoms and don’t do anything to manage their eye strain. If you’re experiencing digital eye strain, it’s important to protect your eyes to reduce symptoms.
The following are common symptoms of digital eye strain:
- Shoulder or neck pain
- Dry eyes
- Blurred vision
Managing Digital Eye Strain
Reducing your overall screen time can help resolve digital eye strain, however, this isn’t always possible. When spending time on digital devices, try the following techniques to manage digital eye strain.
The 20-20-20 Rule
One simple way to keep your eyes relaxed is to use what is known as the “20-20-20 Rule:” Approximately every 20 minutes, simply take a 20-second break to look at an object that is about 20 feet away, when using digital screens for a long period of time.
This helps your eyes to relax and readjust after focusing on a screen or up-close tasks.
Blue light is emitted by most digital screens, and our eyes are almost constantly exposed to large amounts of it due to our frequent use of these displays. This light can have a negative effect on sleeping patterns and make it hard for people to fall asleep.
One way to manage your exposure to blue light and its effects on your sleeping pattern is to utilize blue light filters, which are now often built-in to digital devices such as computers and smartphones. Blue light filtering glasses are also available. Note that it is a good idea to stop using digital devices at least 1 hour prior to going to bed.
Protect Your Eyes
As the importance of digital devices continues to grow, so must the importance of protecting our eyes. If you’re interested in learning more about digital eye strain and how you can protect your eyes, contact us or ask us during your next visit.
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- 318 Ontario St.
- St. Catharines, ON L2R 5L8
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- Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed