Eye Comfort for the Digital Age
Whether you’re catching up on work, cranking out the last few pages of an essay or spending some quality time with your favorite comfort show, digital screens are at the center of it all.
Despite all the convenience these devices provide, they can also affect your eye comfort. We believe you deserve to enjoy comfortable vision, even if you’re struggling with digital eye strain.
Let us help provide the relief you need. Book your next appointment at See Eye Clinic today.
What Is Digital Eye Strain?
Eye strain is a common issue many of us can experience after we spend time doing a visually-focused task, like reading, writing and driving. However, you can also experience eye strain when you use a digital device, leading to symptoms like:
- Blurry vision
- Neck and shoulder pain
If you have a refractive error like nearsightedness or farsightedness, they may also contribute to eye strain symptoms. If you struggle with maintaining your eye comfort, please give our team a call.
Strategies We May Recommend
There are several ways our team can help you manage your digital eye strain symptoms but the first step is to have a routine eye exam.
While extended device use could cause eye strain over time, your symptoms may be exacerbated if you have unaddressed issues like refractive errors or dry eye. Eye exams help us determine what factors contribute to your discomfort so we can develop a long-lasting, soothing strategy based on your needs.
If you have uncorrected nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, you may have difficulty managing your eye comfort while you work on visually-demanding tasks.
Even if you already wear contacts or eyeglasses, your prescription may change throughout your life. We’ll happily update your prescription during your eye exam and may even recommend certain lens types to better support your eye comfort.
Dry Eye Therapy
If you struggle with your eye comfort, you may have some degree of dry eye. Dry eye is a common issue that many Canadians face but we proudly offer numerous soothing strategies that we can tailor to your needs.
Please visit our Dry Eye Therapy page to learn more about our dry eye treatments and how they can help you.
In some cases, the simplest answer may be the most effective.
If you periodically struggle with digital eye strain symptoms, try taking regular breaks to help maintain your eye comfort while you work. One strategy you could use is the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, spend 20 seconds looking at an object about 20 feet away.
This exercise gives your eyes a chance to blink, readjust and find some comfort so you can get back to work.
Your workplace can have a significant effect on your eye comfort as well. However, you can support your eye comfort by making a few small changes. Some changes can include:
- Eliminating glare from your screen
- Matching your screen’s brightness with the room
- Positioning your screen an arm’s length away and just below eye level
- Adding a humidifier to the room