What is Computer Eye Strain

Computer eye strain is an increasingly common condition as digital devices become more ingrained into our daily lives. Digital eye strain, eye fatigue and Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) are conditions that result from extended exposure to digital screens such as computers, smartphones, tablets and televisions from a combination of factors including the blue light radiation emitted from the devices and the pixelated content that is difficult for our eyes to focus on.

It is hardly a surprise that so many patients ask about whether computer eye strain glasses may help.

Symptoms of Computer Eye Strain

Some common signs that may indicate that you are experiencing digital eye strain include:

  • Dry feeling eyes

  • Headaches including migraines

  • Tight or painful neck and shoulders

  • Blurry vision

  • A tired or aching sensation in the eyes

Alleviating Digital EyeStrain

Proper Lighting and Screen Brightness: You want the screen to be as bright as the surrounding environment or the brightest object in the room (depending on what is most comfortable for you).

Reduce Glare: Glare is a significant cause of computer eyestrain so it is important to minimize it as much as possible.

Screen size and distance: You want to make sure you are using a high quality (such as a flat LCD) screen that has a relatively large display.

Keep Eyes Moist: When viewing a digital screen or monitor for an extended period of time, we tend to blink less frequently (about ⅓ as often as we should). Blinking however, is critical for keeping the eyes moist, which allows them to remain clear and comfortable and to avoid dry eyes, irritation, blurry vision or eye fatigue.

Give Your Eyes a Break: Schedule and take frequent breaks from your screen. Follow the 20-20-20 rule; every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Take this time to stand up and stretch your back, neck and legs as well.

Computer Glasses reduce eye strain by adjusting the focus slightly so your eyes feel like they are focusing on something further away. They also have a tint to remove the glare and block blue light from entering into your eyes. There are a number of options for computer eyewear, both if you need prescription eyewear and not. Speak to your eye doctor about what the best options are for you.

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