Digital Eye Strain in Calgary

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Eye Strain from Your Screens? We Can Help!

These days, we’re lucky to have all the information in the world at our fingertips, as well as easy connections to far-off friends and family. However, all this time looking at screens can take a toll on our eyes. 

Digital eye strain may be causing your eyes to work harder than necessary. If you have concerns about your eyes and your screen uses, please come in for a consultation and exam so we can get to the root of the problem!

The Symptoms of Digital Eye Strain

Digital eye strain can cause irritating symptoms, including:

  • Sore, tired, burning, or itching eyes
  • Watery or dry eyes
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Headache
  • Sore neck, shoulders, or back
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling that you cannot keep your eyes open

If these are frequent problems for you, talk to your optometrist to see what we can do for you.

Modern Solutions for a Modern Issue

Set Up Your Desk to Serve You Better

If digital eye strain is a concern, see if it’s possible to set up your workspace more ergonomically. This includes steps like:

  • Positioning your screen about an arm’s length from your eyes and 20 degrees below eye level.
  • Setting the colour and contrast tones to suit your eyes and match the brightness of your screen with your surroundings.
  • Minimizing reflected glare on your screen by dimming the lights in the room if possible, and consider using a protective anti-glare screen cover.
  • Positioning your screen so it sits perpendicular to windows and other bright light sources. If you are having trouble locating the source of the glare, turn off your monitor to reveal a darkened screen and tilt/swivel your monitor until the reflection disappears.
  • Keeping your screen free of fingerprints and dust as they can reduce visual clarity.
  • Using a clipboard that attaches alongside your monitor so your screen and paperwork are at the same working distance.

These simple adjustments can make long hours at a computer easier on your eyes.

We spend a lot of time with our screens, as they’re vital for work and play. If you spend a lot of time on your device, keep in mind the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and focus your eyes on something at least 20 feet away.

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