Digital Eye Strain

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Don’t Let Digital Eye Strain Impact Your Life

In the modern world, it is tough to get through your day without using digital devices. The average person can spend between 9 and 11 hours a day using digital equipment, including their phones, tablets, computers, and television.

All that time can add up and cause strain on your eyes. Digital eye strain, sometimes referred to as computer vision syndrome, can be disruptive and keep you from enjoying things you love.

So, what can you do? Your optometrist can help you find the best ways to mitigate your symptoms so you can keep your eyes feeling comfortable throughout your day.

Please book an appointment with us to help you find help for your digital eye strain!

What is Digital Eye Strain?

Digital eye strain is quite a self-explanatory title. Still, despite its name, our digital devices aren’t actually to blame. Spending a lot of time focused on close-up work can cause your eyes to blink less often, disrupting tear production and distribution and leading to tired or dry eyes.

This strain can cause:

  • Soreness
  • Dryness
  • Headaches
  • Light sensitivity
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Overly watery or teary eyes

All of these symptoms can become worse if you have poor lighting in your work environment or if your screen’s brightness is too high.

Other eye conditions like myopia, presbyopia, and astigmatism can also play a part in worsening your eye strain.

What Can My Optometrist Do to Help?

The first thing you need to do before pursuing any treatment plan is to speak to your optometrist. These trained professionals are here to help figure out why your eyes are strained and suggest treatments to provide you with long-lasting relief.

Some eye strain strategies your optometrist may recommend:

  • Using artificial tears: Artificial tears can lubricate the surface of your eye to help keep your eyes comfortable.
  • Adjusting your workplace ergonomics: Something people might not know is how you sit at your desk can play a factor in digital eye strain. Adjust your seat so that your feet can rest comfortably on the floor, keep your monitor about an arm’s length away, and keeping all stationery and papers at a comfortable distance when working can help reduce strain.
  • Following the 20/20/20 rule: This is a common exercise you can perform to help prevent eye strain. Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break to look at something about 20 feet away. This allows your eyes to relax and re-adjust so you can get back to the task at hand.

Regain Comfort & Focus

For a lot of us, our entire world revolves around the use of digital devices to work, play, and stay updated. Digital eye strain can keep you from doing these things comfortably.
Please book an appointment at Clarity Optometry today, and let us help you find the right solution for you and your eyes!

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Our office is conveniently located just off College Ave West, right next door to the Guelph Campus Co-operative, and right across the street from OVC Small Animal Clinic. We offer plenty of parking right in front of our clinic. To enter, take the turnoff on to Borden St and come in from behind our building. You can then easily circle in front of the clinic to park!

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