In today’s digital world, it’s rare that we aren’t looking at some sort of digital technology frequently throughout our everyday lives. While technology has immensely increased productivity, it can be our best friend and our worst nightmare when it comes to protecting our vision.

Digital eye strain is real and it can happen to any of us. Digital eye strain is temporary but causes extreme discomfort following two or more hours of straight digital use. Symptoms include:

  • Red, dry or irritated eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Eye fatigue
  • Back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Headaches

Besides using continuous digital technology, what actually causes digital eye strain? Believe it or not, digital eye strain is not actually caused by one isolated action. It is caused by small print and pixelated images that can be difficult to read, holding devices at the wrong angle or too far from our eyes, and blue light- high-energy visible light that is emitted by devices and increases eye strain more so than other colors that have longer wavelengths.

So, how do you prevent digital eye strain? First, you need to start by paying attention to your posture. Make sure you are sitting in a chair that supports the spine and helps keep the body upright. Your chair should also be adaptable to your height- so your feet rest flat on the floor. Your viewing angle should be no more than 35 degrees from the monitor, and your viewing distance should be 20-40 inches (or an arm-length) away. Your monitor or device needs to be at eye-level or slightly below- make sure it’s flat and positioned in front of the face where there is no tilt. After you have your posture in place, follow the 20-20-20 rule. This rule states that every 20 minutes, focus on an object that is 20 feet away, for 20 seconds. And finally, don’t forget to put on protective eyewear! At Eye Center, Inc. we offer glasses, prescription or non-prescription, made with blue light protective lenses.

Suffering from digital eye strain or need protective digital eyewear? Call us today at (941) 756-2020.