Digital Eye Strain

Just like the muscles in your body, your eyes can get tired. But as strong as they are, they can become strained and fatigued by sitting in front of a computer, under fluorescent lights or in front of a TV for several hours. This is called visual fatigue, and our doctors can show you how to lessen it during your annual comprehensive eye exam.

Interesting facts about Digital Eye Strain

Most people spend at least 12 hours a day consuming some form of media.
It only takes as little as two hours in front of a screen to cause digital eye strain.
Nearly 60% of people use their smartphones before bed and right when they wake up.

Today, more and more people are suffering from visual fatigue without knowing the cause of their symptoms. Modern work and lifestyle changes have forced us to spend extended hours in close-range activities such as smart phones, computer work, e-books, and hand-held gaming. The increased demands of these activities on your eyes can leave you with uncomfortable and sometimes painful symptoms. For some people, visual fatigue can also lead to reduction in productivity and ability to concentrate—and may even negatively impact your vision health.

Common symptoms of Digital Eye Strain

  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Tired Eyes
  • Neck or Back pain
  • Burning/Stinging eyes
  • Difficulty focusing after extended periods of time

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, our doctors may be able to help recommend special treatments that will help allievate your symptoms.

Digital Fatigue in Kids

As the presence of technology increases, so do the chances for your children’s vision to worsen. Many kids today are experiencing digital and visual fatigue due to their increased exposure to digital screens.

Nearsightedness has increased by 66 percent since the 1970s, according to The National Eye Institute, a problem that is undeniably linked to the usage of video games.

Not only are children spending too much time in front of digital screens, they are sitting too close to the screens as well, leading to visual fatigue. Eye doctors recommend the 20-20-20 rule. Take a break once every 20 minutes and focus on something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This can alleviate eyestrain and work the eye muscles that are not being used while watching a digital screen.