Increased Screen Time Leads to Increased Discomfort

Screens are a part of our everyday lives. For most of us, using digital devices has become a necessity at school and work, as well as part of our leisure time at home. 80% of us use a screen for more than two hours per day, and all that screen time adds up to increased visual discomfort.

If you’re experiencing the following symptoms, you could have digital eye strain:

  • Dry eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Headaches
  • Neck and shoulder pain

Treating Digital Eye Strain

While you may not be able to avoid screens altogether, there are some simple exercises you can do to help reduce their impact.

The 20-20-20 Rule

Short, regular breaks can work wonders when it comes to reducing digital eye strain. The 20-20-20 rule states that you should take a break from your screen every 20 minutes for at least 20 seconds and look at something 20 feet away. This will help give your eyes a much-needed break.

Light from your screen is not only linked to digital eye strain, but can also contribute to trouble sleeping. Computer vision glasses work by filtering out the blue light emitted by screens to help protect your eyes. We can recommend the right blue light glasses for you, at your next appointment.