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Digital Eye Strain

What Is Digital Eye Strain?

Our visual environment has evolved rapidly in the past decade. In 2014, Australians spent an average of 10 hours and 24 minutes on devices every day^. Collectively, we looked at our smartphones more than 440 million times a day, and 75% of us regularly engaged in multi-tasking across multiple screens and devices^. Few aspects of modern life remain untouched by the digital revolution, and no age group is unaffected.

2 in 3 Adults experience digital eye strain

Approximately 65% of digital users experience physical discomfort as a result of spending two or more hours in front of a digital screen^. So, chances are it could be affecting you, your family or your friends. Some of the symptoms of digital eye strain include:

  • Eye strain and fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Headache
  • Neck/shoulder/back pain
  • Dry, itchy, burning or red eyes

How can I protect my eyes?

New, innovative lens technology means you can protect your eyes from digital eye strain symptoms whether you wear prescription eyewear or not. 

Here are some tips which can help reduce Digital Eye Strain:

  • Check the position of your digital display. Make sure your head is in a naturally comfortable position.
  • Adjust the lighting. Are you looking straight into the glare coming from your screen? Adjust the lighting so that it’s comfortable on your eyes.
  • Adjust your seating. A comfortable chair will support your back and neck, preventing the usual neck and shoulder strain associated with Computer Vision Syndrome
  • Take regular eye breaks. Taking your eyes away from the screen for just a few minutes at a time can do wonders when it comes to reducing computer eye strain.
  • Upgrade your screen. Does your monitor need an upgrade? We recommend an LCD display that is easier on the eyes.
  • Exercise your eyes. Try looking away from your screen every 20 minutes and focus on an object in the distance for a minimum of 20 seconds (known as the 20-20-20 rule). It’s like a gym for your eyes!
  • Blink! Sounds simple, yet many of us forget to blink when looking at digital screens. Blinking more often will prevent itchy and dry eyes.

Assessing your digital vision needs is part of our Comprehensive Eye Exam. This is a natural extension of their commitment to helping you enjoy a lifetime of healthy sight and comfortable vision. Ask the team at Stephen Daly about new digital eyewear to relax and protect your eyes from digital devices.

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