Many Americans spend over 6 hours a day with their eyes trained to a digital device. This has resulted in the growing issue of digital eyestrain, which is characterized by symptoms, such as:

  • Tired, heavy, & irritated eyes
  • Difficulties focusing on objects at distance or near
  • Neck, shoulder, & back pain
  • Poor quality of sleep

If you are suffering from digital eye strain, schedule an appointment with us.

Unfortunately, it is exceedingly difficult to avoid screens.  Beyond minimizing time spent on digital devices, there are various strategies that can be utilized to manage digital eye strain.

Blue Light Filters

Most devices, such as laptops, tablets, and cell phones, come with the option of a “blue light filter” setting.  Utilizing this setting reduces the amount of blue light that these devices emit.

Blue light affects our circadian rhythm, which is what our bodies use to regulate our sleep pattern.  If you are over-stimulated by blue light, you may have issues getting to sleep. We also suggest stopping digital activity at least one hour before going to bed.

When we focus on objects up close for long periods of time, such as our computer screens or mobile phones, our eye muscles may become strained.

To prevent this, use the 20/20/20 Rule, which involves looking at an object at least 20 feet away for approximately 20 seconds every 20 minutes.  This relaxes your focusing eye muscles and gives them the opportunity to “stretch,” the same way you might stretch your body after exercising.

It’s important to ensure that you are not causing unnecessary repetitive strain on your body while working at your computer or digital device.

Some individuals utilize methods, such as standing desks when working, while others use elevative furniture, such as laptop stands, and invest in posture-correcting chairs and backrests with great success.

For more suggestions on managing digital eye strain, read this article by All About Vision, an excellent resource for everything to do with vision and sight.  Don’t forget to use the 20/20/20 Rule!