Digital eye strain is becoming an increasingly common condition as digital devices become more necessity in our daily lives. Digital eye strain, eye fatigue and headaches are conditions that result from extended exposure to digital screens such as computers, smartphones, tablets and televisions. The main causes of eye strain and fatigue are caused by a combination of blue light emitted from the device screens and the pixelation of the screens that is difficult for our eyes to focus on.
Symptoms of computer or digital eyestrain tend to be noticed after someone has used a digital device for as little as 2 hours a day. Studies show that 60% of people spend more than 6 hours a day in front of a digital device and 70% of adults report some symptoms of computer vision syndrome (CVS) which include:
- Blurred or double vision
- Physical and mental fatigue
- Dry or watery eyes
- Red or irritated eyes
- Difficulty focusing
- Sensitivity to light or
- Neck, shoulder or back pain (caused by compromised posture to adjust to vision difficulty).
Digital eye strain also impacts your ability to focus and lessens productivity. Most people do nothing to ease their discomfort from these symptoms because they are not aware of the cause.
Protecting Your Eyes from Digital Eye Strain and Blue Light
There are a number of options for reducing digital eye strain and your exposure to blue light which include workspace ergonomics, computer glasses, specialized lenses and protective coatings. At regular comprehensive eye exams it is important to let your Optometrist know the amount of time spent at a digital device. This will help your doctor to get the full picture of your eye and vision needs in order to determine which option is best for you. It will also help the doctor to identify any underlying issues that could be worsening your symptoms.