Decreasing Digital Eye Strain

Dr. Diane Spada
businessman rubbing his eyes due to Digital Eye Strain

Digital eye strain encompasses a myriad of conditions that result directly from the use of today’s electronic devices, and is more prevalent than carpal-tunnel syndrome when it comes to computer-related complaints. Whether it be using a computer at the workplace, surfing on our tablets or smartphones throughout the day, or relaxing in front of the television, most of us spend the majority of our waking hours being exposed to the High Energy Visible (HEV) light that these devices emit. This HEV light exacerbates the symptoms the digital eye strain which includes (but are not limited to) blurry vision, dry eyes, focusing issues, and headaches.

There are many things you can do to prevent (or decrease) the effects of digital eye strain. Specially designed protective computer or gaming lenses optimize vision comfort when viewing digital screens and can be made with or without your prescription. This lens design uses different lens materials, anti-glare coatings, blue light filters and color enhancers to improve focus and reduce glare and digital screen pixilation, which in turn allows for a more natural blink rate to decrease eye dryness and fatigue.

In addition to these excellent task-specific lenses, there are some things you can do you make your digital screen experience more enjoyable:

  • Ensure your ambient lighting is dimmed.

  • Have your screen at about an arm’s length away from you.

  • Your monitor or screen should be slightly below horizontal eye level.

  • Get up and take rest breaks. This allows you to re-establish a more natural blink rate as well as to loosen up your neck and shoulder muscles.

Being aware of how to address the issues will enable you to enjoy your devices without the unnecessary discomfort of digital eye strain.

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