Digital eye strain is the discomfort that is felt after prolonged exposure to digital screens. It is a common and often debilitating condition, and becoming an expected – if unwanted – part of modern living.
Who gets it?
Most of us spend more and more time staring at screens rather than sleeping or resting. More than 90% of adults spend more than 2 hours a day on their device screen. Extreme usage results in eye strain symptoms such as:
• Irritated and dry eyes.
• Blurred vision.
• Chronic eye fatigue.
• Neck and back pain.
A few symptoms may be felt temporarily after extended usage of digital devices. In addition to the common symptoms mentioned above, eye strain is linked to disturbances in the REM cycle of sleep.
What can you do?
Technology has a positive impact on our lives in many ways, but all positives come with their negatives, and digital eye strain (computer vision syndrome) is no different.
Throwing away your smartphone or iPad for good is not a viable option, as technology is a requirement at a workplace or institution.
Technology is small enough to fit your hand, and due to this, we are always logged on in our phones. From streaming a live video to attending a video chat or even reading a simple book, we are tethered to our e-reader, tablet or smartphone.
The digital screen has been around since the late 2000s and in less than ten years has caused serious repercussions for users worldwide.
The treatment options that are available for eye strain may depend on the severity and usage of the device.
Some people that play video games for prolonged periods at night undergo high levels of eye strain, while other people may use screens for media usage only.
Like most conditions, prevention is better than cure.
What can we do to prevent eye strain?
We can start by making simple changes:
- This type of eye strain is usually simple enough to improve, or even eliminate.
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