Reducing the Strain
If you’re reading this, you’re using a digital device. Did you know that the screen could be causing your eyes to feel strained?
A lot of our world is online. And, in the spirit of having information available at our fingertips, we want to shed some light on ways you can reduce digital eye strain.
If your eyes feel uncomfortable, come to us for a comprehensive assessment of your vision. We want to talk to you about digital habits that could be contributing to your strain.
Causes of Digital Eye Strain
With more and more of us turning to digital devices for information, work, and entertainment, it’s no wonder our eyes feel the strain.
Digital eye strain, also referred to as computer vision syndrome occurs when we use our devices often.
Contributing factors can include:
- Uncorrected vision problems
- Reduced screen contrast
- Spending 2 or more hours looking at digital devices
- Poor office ergonomics
- Poor lighting in the room
- Glare from windows or overhead lights
Signs and symptoms can include:
- Frequent headaches
- Blurry vision
- Dry eyes
- Neck and shoulder pain
What You Can Do
Reducing digital eye strain can make your eyes feel more comfortable throughout the day. You can try some of these suggestions or speak with us to get a more in-depth understanding of what is causing your digital eye strain.
Wear Computer Lenses
Whether or not you wear prescription lenses, you can utilize computer and gaming glasses to help provide some relief for your eyes. Precision Eye Care is proud to offer Gunnar, a line of fashionable eyewear designed to help reduce digital eye strain. Learn more about this innovative technology on our Specialty Eyewear page.
A great way to give your eyes a break is to practice the 20-20-20 rule: For every 20 minutes of looking at your screen, take 20 seconds to look at something 20 feet away. This allows your eyes to readjust and focus on something else for a short moment.
Get up from your desk every so often, grab a coffee, and walk around. Taking some time away from your screen will provide your eyes with well-deserved rest.
Staring at a screen for long periods can cause us to blink less often, which can contribute to dry eyes. Blinking helps replenish the tears in your eyes and provides comfort to your vision.
Adjusting your workspace can reduce the effect of digital eye strain. Make sure your desk, chair, and computer are ergonomically set up. You should be sitting up straight with your feet on the floor, with your computer screen about 20-degrees lower than your eye level and about an arm’s length away from your face.
The proper prescription makes a huge difference in how hard your eyes have to work to see. Keep up with routine eye exams to make sure your eyes are seeing their best.
Alleviate Digital Strain
When you have your eyes examined at Precision Eye Care, we want to learn all about your lifestyle, including your digital habits, so we can help you get the most out of your vision. Come talk to one of our experts about how we can help alleviate digital eye strain symptoms.
Our office is located in Vancouver, Washington off the SR-500 and I-205 (War Veterans Memorial Freeway) across from the Vancouver Mall. We have plenty of accessible parking available in the parking lot outside our building.
- 8400 NE Vancouver Mall Loop, Ste 110
- Vancouver, Washington 98662
- Phone: 360-254-5855
- Fax: 360-885-0661
- Text: 360-254-5855
- Email: [email protected]
Hours Of Operation
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed