Dr. Zargar Eyecare
86 Major MacKenzie Dr W Richmond Hill ON L4C3S2 (905) 883-8182

Digital Eye Strain in Richmond Hill


Free Your Eyes From Digital Strain

Digital eye strain, also known as computer vision syndrome (CVS), is an increasing problem in North America. And it is no surprise, with the number of devices and digital screens used daily. In fact, it has been shown that 65% of people experience eye strain and discomfort after prolonged use of devices.

So is there a solution? Especially as our dependence on technology grows? Book an appointment with us to discuss ways to alleviate your symptoms.

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What Are the Symptoms?

If you are in front of a computer screen for more than two hours a day and are experiencing the following, you may be suffering from digital eye strain:

  • Blurry or double vision
  • Tired or burning eyes
  • Trouble focusing or switching gaze
  • Red eyes
  • Twitching eyelids
  • Headaches
  • Neck and shoulder pain

Alleviating Digital Eye Strain

The best way to alleviate digital eye strain is to reduce the amount of time spent in front of screens. However, we understand that may not be possible, especially with the increase in phone technology and computer-facing jobs. Here are some strategies that can help.

The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends following the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break from your screen and look at an object that is at least 20 feet away. These regular breaks allow your eye muscles to relax, relieving stress and tension.

Today, there are a variety of special computer glasses available. These include prescription and non-prescription lenses treated with specialized coatings, which are designed especially for people who spend long periods using screens.

Modifying our workspaces can help reduce or prevent eye strain. Things like adjusting screen brightness and ensuring your screen is an arm’s length away can help to reduce symptoms.

Umay Digital REST

At Dr. Zargar Eye Care, we are a proud partner of Umay to help give our patients the gift of digital REST and recovery. 

REST is a digital rest and recovery tool that promotes better blinks, better sleep, and better calm. By combining multiple clinically proven methods for relaxation, REST improves your eye strain, sleep quality, and your response to stress.

  • Better blinks are provided through gentle heat waves that soothe tired eyes with natural cooling that refreshes your tears and focuses your mind.
  • Better sleep through warming your eyes before sleeping, a healthy wind-down routine, disconnecting from blue light, and signalling your body that it’s time to sleep.
  • Better calm through thermal or vibrational cues that help you pace and slow down your breathing to a rate that promotes relaxation and sleep.

REST is a holistic wellness tool built for those who want to optimize their health and well-being. Ask our team to learn more about Umar and REST to see if it’s right for you!

How Does Blue Light Fit In?

You may have heard of blue light and its harmful effects: it is a current topic of considerable debate. But what is blue light? And should you be concerned?

Although the eye is a resilient organ, the high energy blue light waves that are emitted by digital screens are hard on our eyes and can make focusing more challenging. This, in turn, puts stress and strain on the eye, exacerbating symptoms relating to digital eye strain.

For this reason, there are blue-light glasses and specialty lenses that we can recommend if you spend a great deal of time in front of screens.

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