Five Tips to Prevent Digital Eye Fatigue Caused by Your Digital DeviceFeb-25-2015

One-third of Americans spend at least 3 to 5 hours a day on a computer, tablet or e-reader, while another third spend 6 to 9 hours. Interacting this long with digital screens that emit high-energy visible HEV (blue) light has led to a host of vision problems collectively known as computer vision syndrome or digital eye fatigue.

 

Symptoms include:

Eyestrain from trying to focus on the mid-distance to see small fonts and images; dry, irritated eyes due to reduced blinking; blurred vision due to screen glare; even headaches, as well as neck, shoulder or back pain.  Nearly 70% of American adults experience some form of digital eyestrain due to prolonged use of electronic devices. Sometimes it takes less then two hours for symptoms to appear. In fact, more and more children are experiencing these symptoms as they spend increasing amounts of time on computers at school, and outside school they are focused on tablets and cell phones, but especially from spending significant time playing video games.

Five Remedies for digital eyestrain:

Here are five* tips the Vision Council (thevisioncouncil.org) suggests you can do to correct computer vision syndrome.

  1. Program your devices for optimal distance viewing
  2. Follow the 20-20-20 Rule

-      Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away

  1. Build an “eye-gonomic” workspace to mitigate outside stressors
  2. Limit screen time for children, and set a good example by reducing adult screen time
  3. 5.                               Get the correct eyewear for technology

If you like to be at the technology forefront by having the newest phone or the coolest tablet or the latest version of your favorite video game, it’s also important to get the correct up-to-date eyewear for using the technology. It’s one of the simplest and most-effective solutions you can make. Make no mistake, simple reading glasses from your local drugstore are not at all effective in dealing with digital eyestrain and computer vision syndrome. Special computer lenses and eyewear are specifically designed to to counteract and help lessen the fatigue caused by prolonged exposure to digital screens. Some lenses have special tints to filter out the high energy visible HEV(blue) light. They also include a small increase in magnification to lessen the strain from focusing on mid-distance objects like computer screens. Others are shaped to reduce dry eye symptoms.

Call us for an appointment so we can discuss your technology usage and provide you with the best options to keep your eyesight healthy.

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*See thevisioncouncil.org for more tips to prevent lessen digital eye strain