What Is Digital Eyestrain?

What Is Digital Eyestrain?According to the Vision Council, approximately 65 percent of American adults report having symptoms of digital eye strain, a group of vision-related problems resulting from prolonged exposure to digital devices (e.g., computers, smartphones, and TV screens). Although digital eye strain is benign, it can certainly make everyday life uncomfortable.

Learn more about digital eye strain from the trusted vision experts at Island Eye Surgicenter.

Common Symptoms of Digital Eyestrain

Digital eyestrain symptoms can range from mild to severe. They include the following:

  • Red eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Blurry vision
  • Foreign body sensation
  • Irritation
  • Dry eyes
  • Headaches
  • Eye fatigue
  • Neck, shoulder and back pain

How to Avoid Digital Eyestrain

Many digital eyestrain symptoms can be managed by making modifications to your workstation or limiting your time in front of digital devices. Here are a few tips:

Take a break. Taking a break from your computer screen helps refresh your eyes — and mind. Follow the 20-20-20 rule: take a 20 second break every 20 minutes by looking at something that is 20 feet away.

Avoid glare. Positioning your computer or digital device in front of or behind a window can cause unnecessary glare, and eye strain. Instead, position your screen to the side of the window. If this is not possible, you can minimize glare from the sun using an anti-glare screen filter or by closing the blinds.

Blink more often. Blinking keeps the eyes moisturized and comfortable. Unfortunately, we tend to blink much less when using a digital device than what we normally do. Remind yourself to blink every 20 minutes. Each time, close your eyes very slowly at least 10 times.

Adjust the lighting around you. The brightness of your digital screen should closely match the brightness of the lighting around you. If possible, avoid overhead lighting, which is typically harsher on the eyes than floor lamps.

Contact Island Eye Surgicenter

The eye doctors at Island Eye Surgicenter can help you stay on top of your eye health. To discuss your vision concerns with a member of our team, schedule a one-on-one consultation. Please contact Island Eye Surgicenter by calling (516) 877-2400 today.


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