Digital eye strain is a nationwide problem. According to the Vision Council, about nine out of every 10 adults spend more than two hours per day using a digital device like a desktop or laptop computer, tablet e-reader or smartphone. One in 10 people spend at least three-fourths of their day on a digital device, and sometimes multiple devices at a time. Excessive amounts of screen time can cause many problems such as:
- Dry eye
- Eye irritation
- Blurred vision
- Eye fatigue
- Neck pain
- Back pain
It is common to start experiencing symptoms of digital eye strain after spending just a few hours on a digital device. There are many strategies to combat digital eye strain. One effective way to protect your vision and avoid the discomfort of eye fatigue is to invest in a pair of eyeglasses with specialized lenses that filter blue light and reduce glare. These lenses reduce blurriness and pixilation and result in more relaxed eyes that can focus better.
The anti-reflective (AR) lens, is one of the most widely-used lenses that can help reduce reflection from fluorescent light and improve contrast. These lenses can be combined with blue light-blocking abilities, which prevents harmful blue light from entering the cornea.
If you are noticing that your eyes are irritated, dry and tired, talk to your doctor about specialized lenses that can help reduce digital eye strain. Nothing can replace the importance of taking regular breaks and resting your eyes. Remember the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break and look at something at least 20 feet away. This will help your eyes rejuvenate and focus. Also, you might consider adjusting the screen height of your computer and experimenting with different light sources in your office or home (Source: Vision Council).