Screens & Your Sight
Approximately 80% of us use a screen for at least two hours per day, and all that time spent on digital devices means an increase in vision problems. Chances are you’re in front of a screen at school or work, and even when you are at home. While most screen use is unavoidable, symptoms as a result are manageable. We offer a variety of management strategies for digital eye strain. If you’re experiencing the following symptoms, book an appointment to see what options are right for you.
- Dry eyes
- Blurry vision
- Shoulder or neck pain
Digital Eye Strain Treatments
Most screen time is unavoidable, but there are some simple strategies you can use to help reduce digital eye strain.
The blue light emitted from screens can cause digital eye strain as well as other issues like insomnia. Blue light filtering glasses remove the blue light emitted by screens to help protect your eyes and your circadian rhythm. We can recommend the right blue light lenses for you at your next appointment.
Regular breaks during your work day are all it takes to help reduce digital eye strain. The 20-20-20 rule is simple. Every 20 minutes, take a visual break for at least 20 seconds, by looking at something at least 20 feet away. Over time, this will help reduce the strain caused by computers, tablets, and smartphones.
Our optometrists will discuss the ergonomics of your office and help you optimize your workspace. There are various adjustments we can recommend to improve visual function and to minimize digital eye strain, even if you have to spend all day at a desk. Small things like the placement of your keyboard and the angle of your monitor can make a huge difference when it comes to alleviating digital eyestrain.
Many patients who suffer from digital eye strain also have eye misalignment. Neurolens® is designed to treat misalignment, a condition that is thought to be the root cause of digital eye strain. These lenses are the only prescription lenses that contain a contoured prism to correct misalignment at all distances, helping to provide relief from digital eye strain.