Canadians are spending increasing amounts of time using digital devices, and this increased screen time is taking its toll. Individuals who spend more than two hours each day using digital devices, including computers, tablets, and smartphones, face an increased risk of developing digital eye strain.
Symptoms of Digital Eye Strain
Symptoms of digital eye strain include:
- Tired eyes
- Red eyes
- Burning eyes
- Double vision
- Blurry vision
- Twitching eyelids
- Trouble switching focus between near and distant objects, or vice versa
- Neck and back pain
Reducing Digital Eye Strain
There are several strategies you can employ to reduce or avoid digital eye strain. One of the most important things you can do if you are spending prolonged periods using digital devices is to remember to give your eyes a break.
The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends following the 20/20/20 rule: Every 20 minutes take a 20-second break and shift your focus to an object that is at least 20 feet away from you.
You may also want to consider investing in a pair of computer glasses. Computer glasses use a special anti-glare coating to filter out harmful blue light and help prevent digital eye strain. They can also help stabilize your circadian rhythm.
For more information about digital eye strain, and what you can do to prevent it, please speak to your optometrist during your next appointment.