Digital devices are wonderful in so many ways. They are helping us to work smarter but the downside is they’re making our eyes work so much harder. With many Australians spending up to 10 hours per day using digital devices, digital eye strain can result. The physical symptoms we experience after prolonged screen time can include:
- Loss of focus
- Burning eyes
- Tired eyes
- Red eyes
- Double vision
- Eye twitching
- Blurred vision
- Neck and shoulder pain
What causes digital eye strain?
Words and images on a screen are created by combinations of tiny points of light (pixels), which are brightest at the centre and then reduce in intensity toward their edges. This challenges our eyes to maintain their focus. On top of this visual challenge is a lack of blinking, which means that our eyes are not receiving sufficient lubrication to do their job well. Add to that the prolonged periods of time spent on computers and digital devices – often many hours without a break – and you have the recipe for digital eye strain symptoms.
We can help you prevent digital eye strain
A pair of glasses designed specifically for digital device use will relax and protect your eyes as you undertake many tasks across all your digital devices. We take a special interest in new lens technology and specialised coatings and filters for your lenses. We will recommend lenses from our quality manufacturers including Essilor, Nikon and Hoya which will help you read text more easily and will also enable your vision to cope at different distances – close up for reading and at your preferred distance for using a laptop or tablet device. By adding a blue light filter to your lenses, the potentially damaging effect of blue light from devices is reduced, providing even greater comfort to your eyes. Talk to us at Concord Eye Care about an individually tailored vision solution for you to alleviate the symptoms of digital eye strain.
Australians spend over 10 hours per day on digital devices – mobile phones, tablets, computers, laptops and watching TV. We work, study, communicate and entertain ourselves with these devices, leading most of us to suffer from poor visual comfort. Our eyes may become dry, itchy, stinging and red. We may get headaches, fatigue and shoulder and neck pain.
At Concord Eye Care we have an interest and understanding in the impact of digital devices on our vision. New technology in lens design and coatings can help with glare, fatigue and block blue-light for all ages.