Digital Eye Strain

What is Digital Eye Strain?

Digital eye strain is the physical discomfort felt after prolonged time in front of digital screens.

Did you know the average adult;

  • looks at least 3 different digital screens every day.
  • looks at their smart phone or iPad up to 60 times per day.
  • spends at least 12 hours a day consuming some form of media form a digital screen

So it is no surprise that staring at screens throughout the day can be hard on your eyes and may cause digital eye strain — even if you don’t currently wear glasses. Because screens are small, bright and we spend a lot of time staring at them, they make our eyes work hard.

Here are some of the most common conditions you can experience by staring at screens for too long:

  1. Dry Eyesdigital-eye-strain – when you look at something up close (eg your smart phone)you reduce your blink rate, which can cause dry irritated eyes.
  2. Eye Strain – also known as ‘eye fatigue’ – can cause headaches, red, irritated eyes and neck or back pain.
  3. Headaches- usually frontal (across the top of head) or to the temples (side of head) after prolonged close work

How to protect yourself

  1. Good Visual Hygiene – take frequent breaks; watch your working distance and good lighting.
  2. Protect your eyes against harmful blue light radiation from digital screens.
  3. Use specialised lenses called Anti-Fatigue for all device use.

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