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10 Tips For Digital Eye Strain Relief

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10 Tips For Digital Eye Strain Relief

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Most of us spend too much time on digital devices. From working, to scrolling through social media, to catching up with friends, so much of what we do is done through a screen.

A study found that the average Canadian spends 5 hours and 29 minutes on digital devices every day. If this sounds like you, you may notice some unpleasant visual side effects that come with it. For example, your eyes may feel tired, dry, or uncomfortable.

These symptoms are most likely the result of digital eye strain, an eye condition brought on by the effects of looking at a digital screen. Although digital eye strain usually isn’t long-lasting or severe, it can be annoying and affect your productivity. 

Do you need help managing your digital eye strain symptoms? Keep reading to learn more about our top 10 tips for digital eye strain relief. 

What is Digital Eye Strain?

Digital eye strain is a common vision problem caused by prolonged digital device use. 

Unfortunately, as people continue to spend more time on computers and smartphones, digital eye strain has become more common

Risk Factors of Digital Eye Strain 

Digital eye strain can cause a variety of symptoms and can affect everyone differently. While most symptoms are temporary, symptoms may continue longer if: 

  • You spend several hours on your digital device without taking a break 
  • You view digital devices at a short distance 
  • You have underlying eye problems
  • You view digital devices in poor lighting 

Symptoms of Digital Eye Strain 

Digital eye strain can cause any the following symptoms

When to See a Doctor

If you find that any of the above symptoms are affecting your ability to complete daily tasks, you should book an appointment to see your eye doctor right away. 

Man experiencing dry eye and touching eye while using computer at home

Relief For Your Dry Eye

Of course, the best way to decrease digital eye strain symptoms is to spend less time on digital devices. However, this isn’t always possible. If you can’t get away from the screens, we recommend following this guideline to help manage your digital eye strain symptoms.

Get Regular Eye Exams

The most important thing you can do for your overall eye health is to get an annual comprehensive eye exam

Your eye doctor can help prevent or treat computer vision problems during an eye exam. Just be sure to tell your eye doctor how often you use a digital device and what symptoms you’re experiencing. 

Use Proper Lighting

Digital eye strain can worsen with a harsh or bright light in whatever environment you’re in. So when using a  computer, you should try to keep a lower level light and block out exterior light. 

Also, if possible, position your computer away from windows. 

Upgrade Your Display

You can also manage eye strain symptoms by adjusting the display of whichever digital device you’re using: 

  • Opt for a flat-panel LED screen 
  • Install an anti-reflective surface
  • Select a screen with high resolution 
  • Choose a larger display

Minimize Glare

Glare can cause digital eye strain. To minimize glare, you can:

  • Install an anti-glare screen on your display
  • Opt for darker walls in your office 
  • Buy glasses with an anti-reflective (AR) coating

Adjust Your Device Settings

Adjusting the settings of your computer or digital device can help reduce eye strain. We recommend: 

  • Adjusting the brightness of the display to about the same brightness as your surrounding workstation
  • Using a text size and contrast level that allows you to read and view content easily and without squinting 
  • Adjusting your colour display to include more warm tones while eliminating additional blue light 

Make an Effort to Blink Often

When staring at a screen, most people blink less often. However, blinking is an important aspect of how our eyes see. Therefore, to keep your eyes working properly, you should make an effort to blink more often while spending time on a digital device.

Follow the 20-20-20 Rule

To reduce your risk of tiring your eyes, you can follow the 20-20-20 Rule. This Rule states that when looking at a screen for an extended period, you should look away from your computer at least every 20 minutes and an object 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.

Take Breaks

To reduce your risk for digital eye strain, you must remember to take frequent breaks. We recommended at least one 10 minute break every hour. 

Stay Hydrated

Dehydration affects your whole body, including the eyes. Drinking enough water keeps your body and eyes healthy while limiting the side effects of digital eye strain. 

Eat An Eye-Healthy Diet  

Eye-healthy foods can protect your eyes and support their proper function. To keep your eyes healthy and seeing well, try eating foods that are high in:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E 
  • Omega-3 fatty acids 

Find Relief Today 

Digital eye strain doesn’t have to be something you live with forever.

If you have any questions about digital eye strain or digital eye strain management at Zaragar Eye Care, please contact us today! 

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