With office jobs requiring computer use, smartphone technology connecting us in an instant, and ever-expanding television sizes captivating our attention, it’s no surprise that screens are a modern facet of daily life. You are reading this on a screen right now, in fact, and it’s likely that this is not the only article you have viewed today. But, with all of the benefits of modern technology, all of these screens can wreak havoc on our eyes through digital eye strain.
In this brief article, an expert with the Florida Eye Center will help you understand how digital eye strain impacts your unique vision and a few of the ways to protect your eyes in today’s digital world.
As defined by the Mayo Clinic, “Eyestrain is a common condition that occurs when your eyes get tired from intense use, such as while driving long distances or staring at computer screens and other digital devices.” Digital eye strain refers specifically to eyestrain caused by computers, smartphones, television screens, or any other type of technology. This can be extremely frustrating for those who are required to spend long hours in front of a screen for work and are a leading cause of eye injuries in the workplace.
Often, eye strain is worse while using digital devices because you blink less frequently, allowing the eyes to dry out and become damaged. Eyestrain can also worsen because of the angle you are viewing a screen, the size of the text, the brightness of the screen, and even the time of day when you are viewing the screen.
Symptoms of digital eye strain can range from itchy, dry, or burning eyes to blurred or double vision. However, symptoms of digital eye strain are not confined to the eyes alone. Symptoms may also include:
There are a few precautions you can take to minimize digital eye strain and prevent it from worsening in the future. The key is creating a healthy environment for your eyes, allowing you to view screens as much as you need to while also providing your eyes with time to rest.
A few other tips include:
If you are suffering from eye strain and have a need for optical in Tampa, get in touch with a specialist from the Florida Eye Center to schedule a consultation today. A member of our team will help you manage digital eye strain and will discuss the best blue light lenses available.
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