For many of us, COVID has increased the time spent on digital devices as we work, school, entertain ourselves and connect virtually with loved ones, largely from our homes.
If we add the fact that our home-office set up isn’t necessarily perfect, to the increased usage of smaller smartphone screens, more Australians are likely to have experienced a growing condition known as digital eye strain.
The good news is that Envision can help!
Find out more about the symptoms below and how we can alleviate the strain to keep your eyes feeling fresh throughout the day.
What is Digital Eye Strain?
Digital eye strain is the physical eye discomfort felt by 65% of individuals after 2+ hours in front of a digital screen. Symptoms can include one or more of the following and the statistics represent the frequency of reported symptoms:^
35% Neck, Shoulder and Back Pain
32% Eye Strain
28% Blurred Vision
27% Dry Eyes
^2016 Digital Eye Strain Report, The Vision Council
Why does Digital Eyestrain occur?
Digital eyestrain occurs when our eyes are focusing more intensively, switching frequently between devices and adjusting to increasingly smaller, pixelated characters and bright, glowing screens.
Digital devices are backlit and emit blue-violet light that can cause strain and discomfort and is linked to disrupted sleeping patterns.
Smart phones have placed even greater focusing demand on our eyes because they are held much closer than computers and tablets.
Digital device use alters the pattern of blinking the eyes, reducing the number of blinks a minute and the strength and completion of the blinks making the eyes feel dry and uncomfortable.
Our posture has also changed as we lean toward our screens and/or slouch in our chairs, putting a strain on the neck and back.
How can Envision Optical help with Digital Eyestrain?
Innovative lens technology for both prescription and non-prescription wearers alleviates digital eye strain by eliminating glare, filtering out blue light and preventing vision fatigue.
Designed to relax and protect your eyes, this technology provides clear viewing at typical screen viewing distance, as well as reducing blurriness, pixelation, brightness and glare.
For prescription glasses wearers, dedicated work/computer glasses will combat digital eye strain and deliver postural benefits; your focus will be optimised for close-up work and screen viewing.
Understanding your individual needs including the setup of your digital environment and the type of work you do, allows us to prescribe a tailored vision solution for you.
Tips to give your eyes a break from digital devices
1. Follow the 20-20-20 rule.
- Every 20 minutes look away from the screen
- Focus on an object that is 20 feet (6 metres) away
- Blink 20 times
2. Keep ambient room lighting on, but reduce directional light onto the screen to eliminate glare
3. Position yourself at arm’s length from the screen and set the height of the screen so you look directly forward at the top toolbar on the screen
4. Use eye drops if your eyes feel dry and drink plenty of water to keep hydrated
5. Book a regular eye examination once a year.
We’re passionate about helping you and your family enjoy a lifetime of healthy, clear vision.
If you start to notice any symptoms of digital eye strain, please give us a call.
We are always here to help; feel free to book an appointment with us here.