Protecting Eyes in a Digital Time
From work to entertainment, technology is becoming more and more important in our lives. However, this sometimes comes with problems. If you’ve spent extended periods of time on a digital device before, you’ve likely experienced the effects of digital eye strain.
Viewing a screen on a digital device makes your eyes work harder than they normally do, resulting in vision and eye issues. One of the causes of this extra work is the sharper images that appear on digital screens.
Common Symptoms of Digital Eye Strain
If you’re spending long periods on screens each day, the symptoms of digital eye strain can quickly become irritating. Luckily, these symptoms can be reduced if technology usage is adjusted.
Digital eye strain symptoms include:
- Shoulder or neck pain
- Dry eyes
- Blurred vision
Blue Light Glasses
Digital eye strain can be caused by the emission of blue light from digital screens. To protect your eyes, blue light protective lenses can be used. We are one of the few practices in the country that can prescribe lenses to 1/100th of a diopter, while it is conventionally done up to 1/4 of a diopter.
These lenses limit the amount of blue light your eyes are exposed to and can help reduce the symptoms of digital eye strain.
If you’re spending significant time on digital devices, it’s important to give your eyes a break. One of the best breaks you can take is by following the 20–20–20 rule.
The rule is simple and effective; every 20 minutes of screen time, take a 20-second break by looking at an object at least 20 feet away. This break helps your eyes reset and reduces strain.
Reducing Digital Eye Strain
We get it; limiting your time on digital devices isn’t always easy. To help protect your eyes long-term and limit symptoms, we have worked tirelessly to be able to provide you with a number of preventative technologies and treatments.