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.
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:
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:
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:
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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