Computer Eye Strain

Computer Eye Strain

Today, people are using their digital devices for just about everything. While computers, tablets, televisions and mobile phones have become such a big part of everyday lives, prolonged use has been linked to computer eye strain. Learn more about this vision-related problem, its symptoms and how we can help correct the issue.

What Causes Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer vision syndrome often results from spending prolonged amounts of time staring at digital screens. This affects your eyes and vision because when you’re busy working, playing games or reading on digital screens, you may tend to:

  • Blink less, which lessens moisture and makes you more prone to dry eyes
  • Stare at devices with a glare or reflection without protecting your eyes
  • Use devices with bad contrast between text and background, making the eyes work harder
  • Work or view digital screens at an uncomfortable distance or angle, straining the neck and back muscles
  • View digital screens without prescription glasses, causing the eyes to strain

Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome

  • Eye fatigue
  • Dry or red eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Headaches
  • Eye twitching
  • Watery or tearing eyes
  • Increased sensitivity to lights
  • Neck and shoulder pain

How to Prevent Digital Eye Strain

Sometimes cutting your screen time isn’t an option. If your job requires you to work in front of a computer or if avoiding a digital screen seems impossible, there are a few adjustments you can make to help prevent digital eye strain, such as:

  • Change Your position: Your face should be about arm’s length from your digital screen and slightly below eye level to help prevent straining of the neck, back and eyes.
  • Adjust the Lighting: Use a matte screen filter to reduce the glare and computer glasses with blue light filtering lenses. Working in a well-lit room can also help reduce eye strain.
  • Follow the 20-20-20 Rule: Every 20 minutes give your eyes a break from staring at a screen by looking at an object at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds or more.
  • Use a Humidifier: To alleviate dryness caused from computer eye strain, use a humidifier to bring moisture into the room.
  • Wear Computer Glasses: Wearing the proper glasses for eye strain can help reduce eye fatigue and correct blurry vision. If you’re suffering from digital eye strain, ask your optician about computer glasses. These are different from your regular prescription or reading glasses because they are made specifically for digital screens and the specific distance at which we view them.
  • Use Blue Light Lenses: All digital screens emit blue light and studies have shown that exposure to it can disrupt your sleep. Purchasing computer glasses with a blue light filter can help reduce related issues.

Arranging an Eye Exam

If your eyes are feeling heavy or irritated after staring at a digital screen, book an appointment at your local Pearle Vision EyeCare Centre. During your visit you can also ask about glasses for eye strain and ask any other questions you may have.

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