Helping You Manage Sore, Tired Eyes
Digital devices and many other technological advances have made life infinitely easier for many people. If you use digital devices regularly for work or leisure and find your eyes becoming tired or sore, you could be experiencing digital eye strain.
Digital eye strain, sometimes called “computer vision syndrome,” is characterized by eye fatigue and sore eye muscles after using digital devices for long periods. There are many different factors that can exacerbate symptoms of digital eye strain, like uncorrected refractive error and poor viewing distances.
Symptoms of Digital Eye Strain
If your eyes are uncomfortable when using digital devices, be sure to evaluate what you are feeling and what may be causing it. Some symptoms include:
- Sore, tired eyes
- Blurred vision
- Overly watery or dry eyes
- Sore neck, shoulders, or back
- Increased sensitivity to light
- Difficulty concentrating
What Causes Digital Eye Strain
Although using digital devices is one of the main causes of your discomfort, there are certain specifics that can make it significantly worse. If your eyes are tired and sore after using your computer, smartphone, or tablet, please consider:
- How many hours you are using the device.
- The distance from your eyes to the screen.
- The overall setup and lighting of your workstation.
Preventing Digital Eye Strain
Some of the more common causes for digital eye strain are poor usage habits, continuous use without breaks, and uncomfortable workstations. If you want to reduce any associated discomfort you feel with digital devices, try some of these helpful tips:
- Keep your screen about an arm’s length away from your eyes.
- Position your screen so you gaze slightly downward.
- Set colour and contrast to suit your eyes and your surroundings.
- Minimize glare and reflections with an anti-glare screen protector.
- Keep your screen clear of dust and fingerprints.
Taking regular breaks from your screen is just as important as getting up to stretch your legs if you spend all day sitting down. We recommend following the 20-20-20 rule, which states that, for every 20 minutes of continuous work, take 20 seconds to focus on something 20 feet away. This way, your eyes are given a chance to rest and recharge briefly before returning to hard focus.
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