What is Digital Eye Strain?
Digital eye strain, also known as computer vision syndrome, is the feeling of uncomfortable, watery, and irritated eyes while using a digital device.
Blue light and room lighting can factor in your discomfort, but you can also experience these symptoms by doing any close-up work like reading or writing. Some of the most common symptoms you may experience include dry eyes, headaches, and even neck and shoulder pain.
Use Your Favorite Digital Devices Comfortably
We are living in the digital age. Every day, we use an array of devices to work, entertain, and connect. But over time, you may start to feel your eyes becoming uncomfortable and irritated after spending a few minutes, or hours, in front of a screen.
The Role of Blue Light
It’s well known that our devices emit blue light, but it might be confusing how blue light affects your eye comfort. Well, The Classical Eye is here to set the record straight.
Our brains use blue light as a way to help regulate our sleeping patterns, and the vast majority of blue light we absorb comes from the sun. As a result, blue light triggers our brains to be awake and alert. However, too much of it could lead to other issues.
Blue light overexposure can make it difficult to fall asleep, and too much of it at an early age could possibly lead to retinal damage over time. Because of this, it’s important to manage the amount of blue light your eyes intake.
Managing Digital Eye Strain
The 20-20-20 Rule
The 20-20-20 rule is a common practice recommended by eye care professionals to manage digital eye strain symptoms.
If you are using a device for an extended period, give your eyes a break by looking at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes. This helps your eyes relax and adjust so you can comfortably get back to work.
Eye Drops & Artificial Tears
Eye drops and artificial tears are some of the most common solutions for managing digital eye strain and dry eye symptoms. However, it’s important to speak to one of our doctors before you purchase any over-the-counter products.
- Match your screen brightness to the room you’re in.
- Make sure your screen is angled away from light sources that could cause glare.
- Sit at your desk so that your screen is 20 degrees below eye level and about an arm’s length away.
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