If you work in front of a computer, or if you use your phone a lot for business or even personal purposes, you may have heard the term ‘digital eye strain’ and it’s quite possible you’ve also experienced it. Here’s what digital eye strain really is, and how you can protect your eyes against it.
What is Digital Eye Strain?
Eye strain is just like a strain in any other area of your body, it’s typically from intense use or overuse. Just like straining muscles when you overuse them, your eyes work the same way. One of the big issues we face in our modern world with all the technology we are surrounded by is the issue of digital eye strain. This type of eye strain is specifically caused by overexposure to the blue light from device screens, and strain from reading finer print on computers.
What are the Signs of Digital Eye Strain?
There are actually several symptoms when it comes to eye strain. You could experience anything from red, itchy or burning eyes, to headaches and neck or shoulder pain. Some people even notice that their eyes are more sensitive to light, or that they have a hard time concentrating when in front of a computer or phone screen. Because the symptoms are so varied, speaking with your eye doctor about your lifestyle and work environment is always a great way to help them determine whether or not you could be experiencing digital eye strain.
What Can You Do About Digital Eye Strain?
There are actually quite a few things you can do to help manage and prevent digital eye strain. Firstly, take breaks from staring at your computer at work or even your TV or phone at home. You may wish to follow the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. You can also use eyedrops to moisten eyes if staring at a screen for long hours in unavoidable. One of the best things you can do if you know that you must be in front a of a digital screen for a long period of time is to invest in a good quality pair of blue light blocking glasses.
If you have more questions about digital eye strain, you can set up an appointment with one of our eye doctors. To schedule an appointment at Valley Eyecare Center, call us at 602-955-2700 or schedule your next appointment online.