Digital Eye Strain

Digital Eye Strain: An Age-Old Problem With A Modern Twist

Have you ever spent hours cramming for an exam? Getting lost in a book? Sucked into social media? Trying to fix something, wondering the whole time why they make the parts so tiny? If your eyes hurt and your head ached when you finally looked up from the task, you were likely suffering the effects of eye strain.

Eye strain is not a new problem, but it’s easier than ever to feel the symptoms due to the heightened amount of time we spend on digital devices. Working at a laptop or using a smartphone, tablet, or another device may increase your chances of feeling the effects of eye strain.

We can help you manage your eye strain symptoms. With some practical home tips and good eye hygiene, we can ease your tired eyes.

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What Is Digital Eye Strain?

Eye strain can be caused by any activity that calls for intense visual focus. Digital eye strain, sometimes called computer vision syndrome, refers to the specific strain caused by screen use. 

Reading on a digital screen adds to eye strain, presenting hurdles like poor contrast, glare, and reflections. The angle and position of the screen can further aggravate the problem.

The symptoms of digital eye strain can present as:

  • Sore, tired, burning, or itching eyes
  • Headaches
  • Watery or dry eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Double vision
  • Struggling to keep eyes open
  • Sore upper body (neck, shoulders, or back)
  • Light sensitivity
  • Struggling with concentration

Digital eye strain symptoms are generally not long-lasting or severe, but they can be exacerbated by untreated vision problems. These symptoms may also be signs of other eye conditions. Our optometrists can confirm if the symptoms aren’t related to something more serious.

Tips To Ease Digital Eye Strain

Have Ave Your Glasses Prescription Fine-Tuned To Ease Eye Strain

Having an up-to-date glasses prescription will also help with vision problems. Visit us for a comprehensive eye exam. We can make sure your glasses are suitable for your lifestyle.

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