Digital Eye Strain
- Posted on: Nov 30 2020
Digital Eye Strain
Many Americans spend their days looking at computer, phone, tablet, and television screens. These screens allow us to stay connected, work efficiently, and learn new information with just the touch of a few buttons. But spending too much time looking at screens can lead to symptoms of asthenopia, more commonly known as Digital Eye Strain. In this blog, we’ll discuss the symptoms and treatment options for this condition.
What is Digital Eye Strain?
Digital Eye Strain, or Computer Vision Syndrome, is a group of symptoms that occur when using digital screens for prolonged periods of time. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), the average American worker spends seven hours a day on the computer either in the office or working from home.
What are the symptoms?
According to The Vision Council, 59% of American adults report experiencing symptoms of digital eye strain. These symptoms include:
- Tired, irritated eyes
- Dry eyes
- Blurry vision
- Pain in the shoulders and neck
- Trouble focusing
How can I reduce eye fatigue?
Talk to your optometrist or optician about Anti-Fatigue lenses for your glasses. These lenses have magnification at intermediate and near that help to reduce the work your eyes do when viewing objects up close. This reduces strain on your eyes, and enhances comfort.
Additionally, choose an anti-reflective coating that reduces blue light. These coatings minimize glare and filter blue light for optimal viewing comfort. If you do not need prescription glasses, you can still wear blue light filtering glasses. These are available over the counter with or without magnification.
There are also contact lenses available to minimize the effects of digital eye strain. These lenses are designed to help eyes adapt to changes in viewing distance, allowing them to easily shift focus from near objects to distance objects. For more information about lenses and contact lenses that reduce digital eye strain, speak with an optician at Mountain View Optical.
What other steps can I take?
There are a few simple steps you can take to avoid digital eye strain:
- Take frequent breaks, and follow the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minute, look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
- Eliminate glare by decreasing overhead lighting.
- Keep your computer at arm’s length (approximately 25 inches) and slightly below your eye line for optimal posture.
- Increase text size on digital devices to make viewing easier.
Thank you for taking the time to read our blog. We hope you found this information helpful! To speak with an optician about solutions for digital eye strain, or to schedule an eye exam, please call or text (907) 328-2920. You can read all of the blog entries on our website at www.mountainveiweyes.com.
Written by Gina Stafford COA, LDO, ABOC
American Optometric Association, Computer Vision Syndrome
The Vision Council, Digital Eye Strain