Smartphones and Computers Cause Digital Eye Strain

Do you use a variety of electronic devices throughout the day and are you having problems with your eyes? If smartphones, tablet devices and computer screens are part of your normal job requirements you might be suffering from digital eye strain.

The Vision Council published a special report on this growing problem titled Screens, Phones, Tablets and More: Keeping Your Eyes Safe in a Digital Age. We spend a lot of time using electronic devices all day long and this is leading to a higher rate of eye problems.

The Vision Council mentions that “digital eye strain is the temporary discomfort that follows from 2 or more hours of digital device use.” The council also reports that DES, or digital eye strain, is now the most prevalent computer-related repetitive strain injury, even more common than tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome.

Common Digital Devices

  • Laptop computer
  • Desktop computer
  • Tablet devices
  • Smartphones
  • Televisions
  • Video gaming systems

Eye Problems Associated with Digital Devices

If your eyes are dry, irritated, red and scratchy you might not be blinking often enough. Headaches, double vision and blurry vision are also signs of digital eye strain. Give your eyes a break and remember the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look at an object about 20 feet away and focus on it for 20 seconds. This will help relieve some of the strain you normally experience when staying hyperfocused on electronic devices all day long.

Ways to Reduce Digital Eye Strain

1. Change the background of your computer screen from bright white to light gray.

2. Try using an anti-glare monitor screen to filter out some of the harsh light emitted from the front of the computer display.

3. You can also try adjusting the lighting in your office to help reduce eye strain. Dimming the overhead lighting will make your computer or other digital device the brightest source of light in the room.

4. Wearing reading glasses, with anti-glare coating and even a light tint, will do wonders to reduce eye problems which are a result of hours spent working in front of a computer. If you wear prescription eyeglasses, get a pair specifically for use with your digital devices which include both an anti-reflective coating and tinted lenses.

Digital LCD screens emit blue light, a light yellow or pale amber tinted lens can help reduce the glare of this light. Search the internet to find many companies selling tinted computer reading glasses.

Schedule Your Appointment for Routine Eye Exam

Even if you think your vision problems are only the result of too much time spent in front of digital displays, it’s still a good idea to see an eye doctor. Optometrists can do a comprehensive eye examination and rule out any more serious eyesight problems which aren’t attributable to computer vision syndrome.

Doctors of Optometry diagnose common eye problems like glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy. If a serious problem is found, the eye doctor might refer you to an ophthalmologist for more testing. Call Stanton Optical at 877-518-5788 and schedule your eye exam appointment today.

Eye Problem Articles

Read our companion articles on computer vision syndrome and dry eye syndrome to learn more about digital device eye problems.

  1. Computer Vision Syndrome and How to Relax Your Eyes at Work
  2. Blepharitis Causes, Symptoms, Cures
  3. Do You Suffer From Dry Eye Syndrome?
  4. How Do You Cure Dry and Irritated Eyes?
  5. What is Computer Vision Syndrome?

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