Prolonged Digital Device Use is Hard on Your Eyes

Most of us spend a lot of time using digital devices, both at work and at home. This prolonged usage increases our chances of developing digital eye strain. Individuals who spend more than two hours each day using digital devices, including computers, tablets, and smartphones, are significantly more likely to develop digital eye strain than individuals who limit their screen time.

According to The Vision Council, nearly 80% of American adults use digital devices for more than two hours per day, and 59% of those adults experienced symptoms of digital eye strain.

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Symptoms of Digital Eye Strain

Symptoms of digital eye strain include:

  • Red eyes
  • Burning eyes
  • Tired eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Double vision
  • Frequent headaches
  • Twitching eyelids
  • Trouble switching your focus from near objects to distant objects, and vice versa

Reducing Digital Eye Strain

There are several things you can do to reduce and avoid digital eye strain. One of the most important things you can do is remember to give your eyes a rest. The American Optometric Association suggests that individuals who use digital devices follow the 20/20/20 rule: Every 20 minutes, you should take a 20 second break and shift your focus to an object that is at least 20 feet away from you.

You may also consider investing in a pair of computer glasses to wear while using digital devices. These specialized glasses are treated using an anti-glare coating and a blue light filter and are designed to reduce digital eye strain.

For more information about digital eye strain, please speak to your optometrist during your next appointment. You can schedule an appointment by contacting our Chevy Chase office at (301) 841-6776 or our Washington D.C. office at (202) 659-2010 or filling out our contact form.

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