Digital Eye Strain Symptoms
Common symptoms include:
- Blurred or double vision
- Excessively watery eyes
- Dry eyes
- Sore or tired eyes
- Burning or itchy eyes
- Sore neck, shoulders, or back
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sensitivity to light
Have you ever experienced headaches, eye fatigue, blurred vision, or dry eyes after using a computer, smartphone, or tablet? If so, you’re not alone!
With the average American using digital devices at work and home more than 7 hours a day, there’s been an increase in those who experience the uncomfortable symptoms of digital eye strain.
The “digital” in digital eye strain is a bit of a misnomer. Eye strain occurs when your eyes get tired after intense use, whether using a digital screen or reading a book or driving long distances. However, digital screens are uniquely demanding and make the eyes work hard.
Additionally, glare and reflections, poor screen contrast, unideal angles, poor workplace ergonomics, and uncorrected vision problems can all exacerbate digital eye strain discomfort.
The good news is that these symptoms are temporary and don’t lead to long-term consequences.
Digital eye strain can be diagnosed during a comprehensive eye exam. This exam will also diagnose vision problems, like hyperopia, for example, that may be worsening your digital eye strain symptoms. It will also rule out other potential causes related to eye disorders or diseases.
The most cost-effective treatment for digital eye strain is just to give your eyes a break! Follow the 20-20-20 rule to give your eyes an adequate amount of time to relax: every 20 minutes, take 20 seconds to focus on something at least 20 feet away.
Also ensure you’re sitting properly while working on a computer, viewing your computer screen at the appropriate distance and angle, and that your environment is conducive to long periods spent at the computer:
If you’re suffering from the uncomfortable symptoms associated with digital eye strain, please book your appointment with us today! Our experienced optometrists will rule out potential eye issues, update your current eyeglass prescription if needed, or provide you with alternative solutions!
Our office is conveniently located off South Orange Blossom Trail heading South, across from Big Lot’s. Our building has ample parking and is walking distance from the Route 106 bus stop.
Although we are located in a moderately-sized city, we have all the offerings you’d expect of an inner-city eye care practice to fit your lifestyle.
At Optical Eyeland, we put the focus on efficiency and convenience. We have an in-house lab that minimizes wait time for eyewear.
This is hands down the best optometrist and staff I have ever encountered. They are professional, friendly, and thorough. Dr. Goodhue is incredible. I had questions for the doctor two different times and he called me back and helped me over the phone. I highly recommend this place!
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I went to see Dr. Kevin Goodhue for the first time, due to having a lot of pain in my right eye. I felt that something had gotten under my eyelid. Was not able to sleep the whole night because of the discomfort, my head was pounding, i had tried hot compresses, had washed my eyes with water and tried putting drops as well. Nothing worked. As soon as i saw him he was able to help me remove what had gotten under my eyelid and now i have so much relief. I highly recommend this doctor. Excellent service too!