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Digital Eye Strain

Digital Eye Strain: A 21st Century Problem

You might expect to be sore after a long day of running or heavy lifting, but you most likely would not expect it from a day of computer use. The reality is that many people finish their day feeling exhausted having done nothing but sit in front of a screen. This is due to digital eye strain or computer vision syndrome, and it is a serious problem in this digital age.

What is Digital Eye Strain

Your eyes use muscles to help them focus and make sense of what you are seeing. When you focus on a single spot, those muscles are mostly holding the same position. Over time, they start to grow tired.

Imagine you have been given a soccer ball to hold above your head. At first, this would be quite simple. After all, a soccer ball does not weigh very much. But as you continue to hold that position, your muscles would begin to ache, and maybe even spasm. After a while, you would be in enough discomfort that you simply could not continue.

This principle is the same as that behind digital eye strain. The eye muscles become fatigued after holding the same position for hours.

The human body does adapt to its environment. Unfortunately, it does so very slowly, taking hundreds if not thousands of years. Digital displays as we know them today have only been a part of our everyday lives for the last 10 to 15 years. Our bodies have not yet had time to adjust to the demands that are placed on them. It is important to see your eye health professional regularly, as they can help you manage this strain.

Digital eye strain is different from the eye strain you might experience from reading a book. This is because digital eye strain has an additional element: blue light.

Blue light is a certain frequency of light that is emitted from digital displays. This light tends to scatter, making it very hard for the human eye to focus and interpret. As a result, the eye works even harder to make sense of what it is shown.

Make sure you give your eyes a rest. Every 20 minutes or so, you should find an object that is about 20 feet away and stare at it for 20 seconds. This exercise is like a stretch for your eyes. You may also want to invest in computer glasses with blue light filters. A special lens coating protects your eyes from some of the blue light emitted by your computer, allowing your eyes to relax a little bit more.

  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty keeping eyes open
  • Headache
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Dry Eyes
  • Watery Eyes
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Burning or itching
  • Double vision
  • Blurry vision

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