Don’t Settle for Irritated & Tired Eyes
People use digital devices every day to work, relax, and play. The world uses screens more than ever, and this consistent use can have negative consequences.
Digital eye strain, or computer vision syndrome, can result in uncomfortable symptoms that affect your quality of life. If you’re worried about your screen time, book an appointment at Vision Source Baytown to discuss your digital device use.
What Is Digital Eye Strain?
Digital eye strain is a group of eye and vision-related issues caused by the extended use of different devices. Your eyes may feel strained or sore after using your computer, phone, or another device for long periods. This condition leads to several irritating symptoms.
You may have digital eye strain if you experience any of the following after using your devices:
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty keeping your eyes open
- Sore, tired, burning, or itchy eyes
- Dry eyes
- Light sensitivity
- Sore neck, shoulders, or back
- Watery eyes
Digital Eye Strain Solutions
Digital eye strain isn’t a significant health hazard, but it can lower your quality of life. There is no cure for digital eye strain, but you can manage and prevent this condition through several methods.
Strained eyes occur not because of your digital devices themselves, but because of how you use them. Making changes to your workstation and computer habits can make a significant difference.
Ensure you’re sitting properly when using your digital devices. Your feet should rest comfortably on the floor and your back should be straight. Avoid leaning too close to your screen or letting your arms rest on your keyboard.
Remember to Blink
People tend to blink significantly less when using digital devices, drying their eyes. Frequent blinking can help keep your eyes moist. Setting reminders on your devices or a well-placed written note can help you remember.
Adjust Your Workspace
Adjusting your workspace can help prevent strained eyes. For optimal positioning, your screen should be at least an arm’s length away and slightly below eye level.
To avoid unwanted glare, keep your screen out of the way of windows and overhead lighting.
Adjust Your Devices
Adjusting your devices can help reduce eye strain. Keep your screens free of dust and fingerprints, which can make reading more difficult. Change the brightness and contrast of your screen to match your surroundings.
The 20/20/20 Rule
You can give your eyes a needed break by utilizing the 20/20/20 rule. Give your eyes a rest every 20 minutes by looking at something at least 20 feet away for 20-seconds. Consistently resting your eyes can reduce digital eye strain symptoms.
We Can Help You with Your Digital Device Use
If you frequently experience strained eyes when using the computer, visit us for a comprehensive eye exam. We can discuss your digital device habits and recommend ways to prevent future discomfort.
You can find us at the corner of East Fwy and Garth Road, in the shopping center.