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Digital Eye Strain
Digital eye strain is the physical discomfort felt by many individuals after two or more hours in front of a digital screen. Symptoms are different for each person, but digital eye strain typically manifests itself as dry, red or irritated eyes; blurred vision; fatigued eyes; back, neck or shoulder pain; or headaches. for some, the effects of digital eye strain can be painful and, in extreme cases, debilitating.
Digital eye strain is not a permanent condition, but it can have a strong and lasting effect on individuals who rely on electronics for education, social interaction and, most commonly, work. for adults with computer- oriented jobs, digital eye strain can result in painful distractions that lessen productivity. in fact, digital eye strain is now the most common computer-related repetitive strain injury among workers, surpassing carpal tunnel syndrome and tendinitis.ii
to combat strain, eye care providers recommend glasses designed specifically for digital screens. When used in combination with good “eye-gonomics,” computer glasses can reduce or even prevent digital eye strain symptoms.
Symptoms of Digital Eye Strain
• eye redness or irritation from staring at the bright backlight of screens for long periods
• Dry eyes due to reduced blinking
• Blurred vision due to screen glare
• general fatigue from staring at screens and straining to see small fonts and images
• Back pain due to poor body posture when a screen is not positioned properly
• neck pain caused by poor screen and monitor positioning
• headaches from repeated eye strain
Tips to Prevent and Lessen Digital Eye Strain
Lens technology is advancing to meet the concerns of a digital world. computer glasses are a great solution to reduce or eliminate digital eye strain. other “eye-gonomic” actions can also help lessen the incidence of fatigue. the Vision council’s medical advisory board offers these tips for safer screen viewing:
Adjust the brightness of your device. consider changing your background color from bright white to cool gray. Attach a glare reduction filter to your computer screen.
Frequently dust and wipe digital screens to help reduce glare.
Adjust your screen so that it is directly in front of your face and slightly below eye level. Do not tilt a computer
Position yourself or your device so there is sufficient distance between your eyes and the screen.
Lessen the amount of overhead and surrounding light that is competing with your device’s screen.
When using a computer, first sit in your chair and extend your arm. Your palm should rest comfortably on the monitor (as if you’re high-fiving the screen).
Keep handheld devices a safe distance from your eyes and just below eye level.
Increase text size to better define the content on your screen. Use the settings control to make adjustments that
feel comfortable to your eyes.
Remind yourself to blink more often. Staring at a digital screen can affect the number of times you blink, causing eyes to dry.
Take a 20-20-20 break: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away.
Parents should limit the amount of screen time for children, and reduce their screen time in front of children so as
to set healthy standards in the home.
Blink. Breathe. Break.
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- Florence Office
6901 Dixie Highway
Florence KY 41042
Phone: (859) 525-1800
Fax: (859) 525-1951
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7 West 7th Street
Covington KY 41011