Digital Screen Use Can Affect Your Eyes
It’s difficult to take breaks from the digital world, especially when it seems like there’s always one more email to send or just one more post to read.
Screen time is on the rise all over America, and although staying connected can be convenient, our eyes can become exhausted from overuse.
When our eyes become sore and tired after an extended amount of screentime, it’s referred to as digital eye strain. Seal Beach Eyes offers a variety of treatment options for your tired, weary eyes. Contact us today, and get ready to experience relief!
Explaining Eye Strain
Eye strain can occur after focusing on a task or object for a prolonged period. You can experience eye strain after driving for an extended time or reading too long without taking a break to rest your eyes.
Your eye strain is considered digital when symptoms occur after working on a screen for more than 2 hours. This condition is sometimes referred to as computer vision syndrome.
Symptoms of eye strain include:
- Irritated eyes
- Red and watery eyes
- Sore neck and shoulders
Tricks to Help Manage Your Symptoms
The 20/20/20 Rule
The 20/20/20 rule helps alleviate digital eye strain symptoms on a short-term basis: every 20 minutes, look at an object 20 feet away for approximately 20 seconds. Regular breaks can help your eyes readjust and relax.
We recommend contacting Seal Beach Eyes before purchasing over-the-counter eye drops. Eye drops act as a quick fix to rehydrate your dry and tired eyes, but some ingredients may not be suitable for certain eye types and prescriptions.
Please contact our team before using any over-the-counter products.
Here are a few more additional hints to help manage your eye strain:
- Blink often to help refresh your eyes
- Yoga time! Take a few quick stretch breaks!
- Adjust the lighting in the room
- Reduce screen glare
- Adjust the height of your monitor to ease the stress on your neck and shoulders
- Adjust your screen settings
Relief is Waiting
If you follow our hints and don’t notice a difference, give us a call to book an eye exam. There are other eye conditions with similar symptoms to digital eye strain, and we’ll work with you to find the source of your discomfort. Let us help alleviate the strain!