Digital Eye Strain
Digital eye strain, also known as computer vision syndrome, can result from prolonged use of digital devices. Symptoms may include eye fatigue, ache, irritation, and blur during device use. Digital eye strain can be diagnosed during your comprehensive eye exam, where we will determine the cause of your eye strain and the appropriate treatments. The following are some tips to help alleviate digital eye strain.
Give your eyes breaks by following the “20-20-20 Rule”: Every 20 minutes of device use, look into the distance at least 20 feet away, for at least 20 seconds.
Updating Your Prescription
Using an outdated prescription may worsen eye strain. Our optometrists will determine if you would benefit from a computer prescription specifically designed for your workspace and lifestyle. Anti-reflective coatings on glasses minimize glare and reflection, improving visual quality and comfort. Some anti-reflective coatings offer blue-light blocking properties, which can further relieve digital eye strain.
Dry Eye Treatment
Our optometrists will evaluate for dry eye and provide treatment options to address the underlying causes. Your blink rate drastically decreases during device use, which worsens dry eye symptoms. Make a conscious effort to blink more frequently while staring at screens.
Adjust your workspace to practice proper ergonomics during computer use. Position your screen to avoid glare from light sources. If you wear multifocal glasses, position your computer so that you are viewing through the appropriate zone of your glasses.
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“Computer Vision Syndrome (Digital Eye Strain).” AOA.org, https://www.aoa.org/healthy-eyes/eye-and-vision-conditions/computer-vision-syndrome?sso=y.