Digital Eye Strain in Modesto

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Ease Your Eyes When Using Digital Devices

If you use a computer, smartphone, or tablet (like nearly 96% of Americans), then you may have experienced the uncomfortable symptoms of digital eye strain. Also known as computer vision syndrome, this condition can cause headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes, or neck pain.

With the use of digital technology continuing to grow, it’s unlikely we’ll stop using our devices any time soon. But with Americans spending nearly 12 hours a day in front of a screen and 65% of Americans suffering from digital eye strain, what can we do?

Causes of Digital Eye Strain

Despite the name, digital eye strain isn’t actually caused by your digital device. Rather, eye strain occurs after focusing for prolonged periods on one particular task. Although device use is one of the most common causes of eye strain, driving, reading, and writing can also lead to eye strain symptoms. Also, recent research finds that using digital screens exposes your eyes to harmful blue light and ultraviolet rays.

Those who look at a digital screen more than 2 hours a day are at the highest risk of experiencing eye strain. This is because looking at a digital screen makes your eyes work harder. Poor lighting, glare, poor posture, uncorrected vision problems, or a combination of these can also exacerbate symptoms.

Treatments for Digital Eye Strain

Fortunately, eye strain doesn’t have any long-term consequences on your eye health. But it can be uncomfortable, aggravating, and even painful. There are some lifestyle changes you can make that may reduce the symptoms.

One of the simplest things to try is to just let your eyes rest periodically throughout the day. Optometrists recommend following the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. This time allows your eyes to relax and refocus.

You can also reduce your eye strain by making some environmental changes in your office or home:

  • Reduce glare on your screen by using an anti-glare screen filter
  • Change the lighting in your environment to match your device
  • Adjusting the contrast and brightness on your screen to match your environment
  • Improve the air quality of your space with a humidifier for dry climates, or adjusting the thermostat to reduce blowing air

Many people spend quite a few hours at work on a computer. The following tips may help reduce your eye strain and stress while at work:

  • Correcting your computer posture can reduce digital eye strain and prevent other workplace injuries, like carpal tunnel.
  • Remember to blink often. We tend to blink less when using a computer, which can cause dry eyes and irritation.
  • Try using an adjustable desk lamp when reading or writing.
  • Close blinds or place your monitor away from bright lights and windows to avoid glare.
  • Position your monitor about an arm’s length away so the top of the screen is just below eye level.
  • If you need to refer to print material while working on a computer, try using a document holder to reduce how often you need to turn your neck or head.
  • Try adjusting your screen settings to a place that’s comfortable for you. Enlarging type may make reading easier, or adjusting contrast and brightness may reduce how hard your eyes work.

Call Us to Learn More

If you’ve tried making adjustments but you’re still experiencing digital eye strain symptoms, please call us to book a comprehensive eye exam. Many symptoms of digital eye strain are similar to other vision problems, so it’s important to see your optometrist to rule out other problems.

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