Our world is changing, and nowhere is it more apparent than in the increase in near visual demand which technology has placed on our eyes. Decreased blink rates, increased tear film evaporation, compounding eye fatigue, and visually induced headaches are but a few of the symptoms these heightened demands potentially cause. Our eyes simply aren’t equipped to deal with this type of stimulus.
You might not think that looking at your smartphone hundreds of times per day for a minute or two is a big deal, but consider that the brightness, colour intensity, and flicker frequency of the display are things our eyes must adjust to with each viewing; it adds up. This is why rates of digital eye strain are increasing.
Digital eye strain has varied symptoms, and it isn’t always obvious that eye strain is the cause. If you find the symptoms below occur even semi frequently we recommend you visit us for an assessment- digital eye strain may be to blame.
While we encourage anyone who wants assistance in relieving their symptoms to speak to one of our Optometrists, know that you can successfully relieve symptoms (in most cases) from home. Try these:
Every 20 minutes, look at something at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. It could be something as simple as gazing out the window for a while. This brief respite relaxes the focusing muscles of the eye, helping stave off symptoms of strain.
Persistent cases of digital eye strain may warrant assistance from one of our Optometrists. We will carefully examine your eyes and provide treatments, as indicated, that will target your symptoms. These treatments may include various dry eye therapies, ergonomic adjustments, or specially crafted spectacles.
We will carefully explain our recommended treatment, what it solves, and what you can expect from it.