Picture this: you’re hours into a detailed project on your computer, typing and clicking away when you start to feel discomfort in your eyes. After a while, that discomfort has become irritating, knocking you out of your workflow and putting you behind schedule.
Digital eye strain can do this to you. And the unfortunate fact is that we are all susceptible to feeling eye strain at some point. On average, most people can spend up to 11 hours a day using a digital device. This leads to an increased chance of getting dry eyes or developing refractive problems like myopia, presbyopia, and astigmatism.
Despite what the name might say, digital eye strain isn’t necessarily only caused by digital screens themselves. It’s caused by looking at an object for a prolonged period of time with no breaks. When you’re focusing heavily on an object at near, like a computer, you may start to blink less. Infrequent blinking can make your eyes start to feel irritated and dry because of a lack of moisture.
Symptoms of digital eye strain can worsen if you have poor room lighting, and if your screen’s brightness is too high.
Symptoms of Digital Eye Strain
With digital eye strain, you can expect to experience:
For the best strategies to help your digital eye strain, please visit your optometrist. The sources and symptoms of digital eye strain can differ from person to person, but your eye doctor can help you find the cause and the most effective solutions to help you!
Some strategies your optometrist might recommend include:
The 20/20/20 rule. This is a fairly common exercise that can help reduce ocular discomfort. Every 20 minutes, spend 20 seconds looking at something about 20 feet away. This allows your eyes time to readjust, relax, and rest. Also remember to blink more often.
Ergonomic adjustments. This could include adjusting your seat height, the distance between you and your monitor, or even adjusting your desk height.
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