You may be suffering from digital eye strain. Digital eye strain is physical eye discomfort after only two hours on a digital device. It’s probably no surprise that there has been a great increase in digital product usage over the past few years. Ninety-one percent of Americans age 18-39 use a computer for daily tasks and on average 80% over 40. That is just computer usage. Just think of how much exposure we get from digital screens when you add in tablets, phones and gaming devices. My wife and I constantly use our smartphones hours a day for business. What would we do without them?
The tremendous increase in digital devices in recent years have our eyes wondering what in the world is going on. It’s no surprise that there has been a steady rise in visual fatigue and eye strain. Just some of the symptoms patients experience include eye strain, dry eyes, headaches, blurred vision, neck pain and shoulder pain. Who wants to go through life every day with those kinds of problems? Even more serious is that high energy blue light is emitted from computer screens, tablets, phones, televisions and other electronic devices. It has recently been shown that high energy blue light can cause retinal damage. I will do another article soon just on this subject….so stay tuned.
The good news is that we do have some options for combatting digital eye strain. We now have available blue light technology lenses that can protect your eyes. Also, the correct prescription can make so much difference. Looking through the wrong prescription for your eyes all day can really cause your eyes to become fatigued. Glasses that can prevent glare and reflections also make a huge difference in eye strain. Some of the best lenses on the market today for combatting digital eye strain are computer lenses with blue light technology that also provide glare and reflection protection. There are also many more options to help eliminate digital eye strain. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 281-359-5665.