Digital Eye Strain

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Digital eye strain, also known as computer vision syndrome, is a condition that has become common as we spend an increasing amount of time in front of digital screens like computers, phones, and tablets. It is a combination of vision problems and musculoskeletal issues caused by prolonged exposure to the blue light and flickering glare of digital screens.

Symptoms of digital eye strain may include dry, itchy or irritated eyes, blurred vision, headaches, neck and shoulder pain, and sometimes difficulty concentrating. Long exposure to our digital devices can also cause fatigue and disrupt sleep patterns.

The blue light emitted by digital screens is being studied by the National Eye Institute and has been shown to be a cause of damage to the retina, the inner part of our delicate eye structure. Additionally, digital eye strain can worsen existing vision problems or hasten the onset of conditions such as nearsightedness or farsightedness.

To prevent digital eye strain, it is important to follow the 20-20-20 rule, which advises taking a 20-second break every 20 minutes and looking at something 20 feet away. Additionally, using computer glasses with blue light blocking lenses, such as Shamir Blue Zero, adjusting screen brightness and reducing glare, and positioning the screen at the appropriate distance and angle can all help alleviate symptoms of digital eye strain. Regular eye exams with our optometrists can also help identify and treat vision problems that may contribute to digital eye strain. We can customize your prescriptions to match your style as well as lifestyle to minimize the discomfort caused by digital eye strain.

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