Digital Eye Strain & You

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 or tablet, to your laptop or computer, or perhaps at home, watching your television, our eyes may be almost constantly directed towards a screen.

Unfortunately, this can result in a variety of troubles for our eyes – and even our necks and backs.

Signs & Symptoms of Digital Eye Strain:

Some common signs of digital eye strain can include:

  • Tried, fatigued eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Sore eyes
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Sore neck and/or back
  • Headaches

Managing Digital Eye Strain

There are a variety of ways to manage digital eye strain, even if you are not able to reduce your screen time as much as you might like.

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 twenty 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.

Our body uses blue light to regulate our sleeping patterns and circadian rhythm. If we are being over-exposed to blue light, our brain may have trouble “shutting down”, causing problems falling asleep and a decrease in the quality of our sleep.

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 one hour prior to going to bed.

If you are concerned that you may be suffering digital eye strain, book an appointment with us to learn more.