Top Tips for Relieving Digital Eye Strain

August 4, 2020

Do you find yourself suffering from digital eye strain? In our increasingly digital world, the uncomfortable effects of digital eye strain are becoming more prevalent. Here are the top ways you can relieve the pain associated with this 21st century problem. 


The amount of time we (and especially children) have all spent on digital devices due to the lockdowns associated with COVID-19 cannot be underestimated. With nowhere to go, no one to visit, and nothing to do, Netflix, video games, and Zoom conferences ended up eating a good chunk of our daily lives. What do all of these things have in common? You guessed it, screens. Here's the top tips for relieving the eye strain you may be experiencing because of them. 

 

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Top Tips for Relieving Digital Eye Strain

Digital eye strain, which also goes by the more official name of computer vision syndrome, has become increasingly prevalent as so much of what we do nowadays revolves around digital devices and screens. The main symptoms associated with this eye condition include: 

Given the symptoms of digital eye strain run the gamut and can even cause pain in your neck and shoulders, it's important that you recognize what is going on and identify computer vision syndrome as the cause behind your symptoms. Then you can use the below tips to relieve your digital eye strain. 

Practice the 20-20-20 rule

The 20-20-20 rule is a fantastic way to make sure you're taking enough breaks during your digital screen time. And it's super easy to remember. All you have to do is look away from your screen every 20 minutes, focusing on something that's at least 20 feet away, for at least 20 seconds. If you're someone who works at a computer all day, you should also try getting up every 10 minutes or so and stretching your muscles, especially the ones in your neck and shoulders.

Don't forget to blink

As we spend time on our digital devices looking at their screens, we tend to blink a lot less than if we weren't. This can cause our eyes to dry out. One way you can try to overcome this problem is to be more conscious about your blinking while staring at your phone or computer screen. That way you can produce more tears and keep your eyes freshly lubricated.

Change your computer monitor or smartphone settings

Our digital devices can be a lot more eye-friendly if we fine tune them to be easier on our eyes. By changing the font size, colour temperature, brightness, and contrast of your computer monitor or smartphone, you can reduce the likelihood of suffering from symptoms associated with digital eye strain. 

Keep glare to a minimum

Glare can be a major contributing factor to digital eye strain. One of the best ways to limit glare, especially when it comes to your computer monitor, is to set it up perpendicular to a window as opposed to in front of it. Brightness is also a major cause of digital eye strain, with fluorescent lighting to be avoided as best as you can while at home. You can also try to give your eyes a break by dimming lights whenever possible. 

Should you find yourself continually suffering from the symptoms associated with digital eye strain despite your best efforts to combat them with the above tips, then you should contact My Optometrist Calgary and set up an appointment with one of our experienced eye specialists. We can help relieve your symptoms through various treatments, including specialized eye drops. 


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