Eye Strain Is a Pain
Screens are everywhere. We use them to connect with our loved ones, to make a living, and to wind down at the end of the day. Unsurprisingly, this use (or overuse) of constant technology can impact your eye health.
You may end up with tired eyes, headaches, or difficulty focusing, which are all symptoms of digital eye strain (also referred to as computer vision syndrome). Visit us for an eye exam and tell us about your average workday so we can come up with a prevention plan that suits your lifestyle.
What Is Digital Eye Strain?
You’ve probably experienced digital eye strain without realizing it has an official name. Most of us spend the majority of our work week focusing on a computer screen, causing our eyesight to work hard to stay focused.
And, are your desk and monitor set up appropriately? If your office ergonomics are off, you could be straining your eyes (and body) trying to get comfortable enough to see your screen.
In our fast-paced digital world, digital eye strain is common, affecting an estimated 75% of people. Luckily, there are ways to mitigate its effects—some as simple as gazing into the distance for 20 seconds.
How Do I Know If I Have Digital Eye Strain?
When your eyes aren’t up to the task you put before them, you might start to wonder what’s going on. Digital eye strain commonly presents itself with the following symptoms:
- Eye soreness, fatigue, or itchiness
- Blurry or double vision
- Watery eyes
- Dry eyes
- Headache, sore neck, shoulder pain
- Increased light sensitivity
- Difficulty concentrating
- Unable to keep your eyes open
Methods For At-Home Relief
Digital eye strain symptoms are a nuisance, but fortunately, the impacts are not permanent. You can find some relief at home by incorporating these methods when you need them.
The 20-20-20 Rule
Tried and true, the 20-20-20 rule provides a well-needed rest for your eyes throughout your day. So every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and gaze at something at least 20 feet away (6 metres).
Adjust Your Workstation
Blink More & Use Eye Drops
Staring at the screen can decrease your blinking frequency, causing dry eyes and strain. Every 20 minutes, take time to blink 10 times slowly to help rewet your eyes. Add this step to your 20-20-20 rule for bonus points.
Do I Need to See the Eye Doctor?
The symptoms we outlined above could indicate an underlying eye condition. If self-care methods don’t relieve your digital eye strain, please visit us for a comprehensive eye exam.
Stop by our office on Upper James Street just north of Rymal Road E. We’re right off the LINC for convenient access from all over the Greater Hamilton area.