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Digital Eye Strain

Digital Eye Strain

We have created computers to help us with our day to day tasks, however the development of these machines happened faster than our eyes had time to evolve to deal with this technology. Eyes change slowly, over thousands of years, but screens were invented in the last century and are only becoming more prevalent as the years go by.

Those with screen-facing occupations or studies may find that they end their day exhausted without ever leaving their computer chair. This is a result of digital eye strain or computer vision syndrome. Talk to your optometrist if your job keeps you in front of a screen, there are many management strategies for coping with these effects.

What is Computer Vision Syndrome?

Your eyes were intended to constantly survey the landscape for food and danger. Today, many of us live a sedentary life with our eyes locked to a screen all day. While not moving seems like it would not be difficult for your eyes, imagine holding your arms over your head for an entire afternoon. Eventually, your arm muscles would become fatigued, then tired, and then distressed. Your eyes are victim to this same exhaustion.

You may notice a difference in the eye strain developed when reading a book or magazine versus staring at a monitor all day. Books only reflect natural light, while computers, tablets, smartphones, and even most e-readers create their own light, causing your eyes extra stress.

Blue light is very close to ultraviolet or UV light on the light spectrum. It has a shorter wavelength and therefore more energy. This added energy allows it to permeate deeper into the eyes and to scatter light more, making your eyes work harder to focus on objects.

More Information about Digital Eye Strain

Computer Vision Syndrome affects more than your eyes. Some of the manifestations of CVS are:

  • Light sensitivity
  • Burning or itching
  • Double vision
  • Blurry vision
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty keeping eyes open
  • Headache
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Dry Eyes
  • Watery Eyes
  • Trouble concentrating

Building a strategy is important to manage digital eye strain. Use the 20-20-20 method to give your eyes a rest and a stretch. Every 20 minutes find an object that is 20 feet away and look at it for 20 seconds. It’s not only good for your eyes, it’s good to give yourself a mental break a few times an hour.

If you find this still does not alleviate the stress on your eyes and body, talk to your optometrist about investing in glasses with blue light filters. A special coating on these lenses protect your eyes from some of the blue light coming from your screen, allowing them to work less hard to focus.

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