Patients visiting Optometrists are increasingly complaining of irritated and tired eyes. Everyone from grandparents to kids are experiencing the effects of the digital world we live in. People who spend a lot of time staring at their computer screens, smartphones and video game monitors can suffer from eye strain.
The reasons are pretty simple:
- When you look at a digital device you tend to hold it closer than a book or newspaper which forces your eyes to work harder.
- You’re less likely to blink as often and eye strain can be the result.
- The eye muscles have to work to continually focus moving back and forth lining up with what you see onscreen, looking down at papers then back to type. Your eyes also battle screen contrast, flicker and glare.
The results can be neck, head or back pain. Your eyes may feel tired, painful, burning with redness. Double vision or problems focusing can be another result.
We have some great tips to help your eyes function better in this digital world and some minor changes will allow you to continue to enjoy your digital devices.
- Place digital and computer screens 20 to 26 inches away from your eyes. Keep the monitor bright and consider getting a glare filter.
- Follow the 20-20-20 rule to relax your eye muscles. Every 20 minutes focus on an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
- Be aware of the way you hold your neck and shoulders, keep them relaxed, the tension here can cause tension in your eyes.
- Blink more frequently, a healthy habit for your eyes.
- If you wear eyeglasses and work at a computer get anti glare lenses and especially if your children wear eyeglasses.
- Use artificial tear drops at night.
Our eyes have to work much harder now so a few small changes can eliminate the resulting eye strain.