Eye Strain in the Digital Age

Chances are you carry your mobile phone or tablet everywhere. You check social media, read emails, and stream video wherever you go. You may also spend considerable amounts of time in front of the computer at work or while playing games.

You may have noticed that your eyes feel strained after you look at a screen for an extended period of time. This happens because digital displays make our eyes work harder than usual.

Over time, eye strain leads to a condition called Computer Vision Syndrome. Some common symptoms include dry eyes, blurred vision, headaches, and eye twitching.

Computer Vision Syndrome is becoming more common as people spend more time using their digital devices. You do not, however, need to abandon your phone, tablet, gaming console, or computer to protect yourself. If you follow a few simple steps, you can reduce Computer Vision Syndrome and improve your eye health.

Tips and Tricks to Reduce Eye Strain

  • Let your eyes take an occasional break from the screen. Use the 20-20-20 Rule: for every 20 minutes you look at your screen, take a 20 second break and look at something 20 feet away. Your eyes need exercise like the rest of your body. By focusing them on different objects, your eyes will strengthen and resist strain.
  • Remember to blink. Most people blink less when they look at a digital screen. If you feel your eyes drying out while using the computer, blink a few times to wet them with natural tears. Consider supplementing with artificial tears if your eyes become uncomfortably dry.
  • Try to have overhead lighting in the room match the brightness of your screen. Bright ambient light will compete with your screen and make it difficult for your eyes to focus.
  • Take a little time away from your screen and let your eyes rest. This is one of the easiest and most effective methods to reduce eye strain. Go on a short walk and stretch out your legs.

By making a few simple changes to your daily routine, you can save your eyes from the effects of Computer Vision Syndrome. Use this list to start protecting your eyes today, or contact our knowledgeable team at Crowfoot Vision Centre if you need a professional opinion.

The future is full of digital displays and devices. Form good habits now and your eyes will thank you for it later.

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