Keeping Your Eyes Fresh
Some of the workforce has to use a computer screen for work. And like many, they still use social media or digital entertainment once office hours are up. If you fit this description, your eyes could be overworked. Please book an appointment to learn how your eyes are responding to your daily screen time.
Understanding Digital Eye Strain
Sitting and working on a computer with poor technique and posture can cause repetitive stress to your eyes and body, leading to digital eye strain.When it comes to lifting boxes, ergonomics—the art of keeping your body in the right working positions—and rest becomes vital. Your eyes are no different. Digital eye strain is a form of repetitive stress on your eyes.
Digital Eye Strain
Your eye is connected to several critical muscles that strain to focus whenever you’re concentrating. You might get used to having them tense, but the effect builds up.
Extended computer and digital device use makes your eyes work harder than they’re used to. Device use causes extra stress on your eyes because we tend to:
- Blink less when looking at a screen.
- Use screens at less than ideal angles.
- Use devices with glare or reflection.
- Use screens with poor contrast and brightness.
Your eyes contain many sensitive parts, just like high-tech imaging technology. When one part of the machine is struggling, other components can suffer. If your eye muscles are struggling, it can result in several symptoms:
- Neck pain
- Dry Eyes
- Back pain
- Difficulty focusing
- Drooping eyelids
- Excessive tearing
- Blurry vision
- Double vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Burning or itching eyes
The Causes of Digital Eye Strain
Digital eye strain comes down to the stress caused by concentrating on one spot for too long. Working with a digital screen involves close reading, searching through buttons and text, and squinting at fine details. These habits culminate in repetitive stress on ocular muscles and your iris.
According to the University of Iowa, people blink approximately 66% less while using a screened digital device. Insufficient blinking can lead to dry eyes, which causes redness, irritation, and other painful symptoms. Digital eye strain can also worsen pre-existing dry eyes.
Blue Light: Scattering
Digital display screens kick out a lot of white light, and a major part of that white light is its blue light wavelengths. This blue light scatters more than other colors when it hits the gasses making up the air we breathe. Scattering light puts a burden on your eye muscles and iris, and your eyes have to work harder to scan a blue-light display.
Blue Light: Melatonin
While not actually dangerous, blue light from most digital displays is a high-energy (high-energy visible, or HEV) frequency that can cause many effects. Your brain is hardwired to release chemicals, ones that block melatonin, to rouse you from your sleep when it detects blue light.
Working Around Digital Eye Strain
Like the rest of your body and mind, your eye muscles benefit from the relaxation sleep provides.
When repetitive stress of eye strain and disrupted sleep work together, you may suffer significant eye discomfort. Try using the night or dark mode on your smartphone to combat this, especially in the evening.
For even more protection, ask us about blue-light filtering lens coatings on our custom lenses!
Use Eye Relaxation Techniques & Good Ergonomics
Adopting proper workplace ergonomics while working on a computer can help ease the effects of digital eye strain. When you look at a screen for an extended period, rest it at a 45-degree angle down from eye level. Keep your head straight, not opening your eyes too wide.
Many optometrists recommend the 20-20-20 rule. Whether you’re working intently on a computer or smartphone, every 20 minutes, look at something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
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Find our office at 28700 Chagrin Boulevard in between Brainard Rd and Lander Rd. We are located across the street from ETON Shopping Center.
There is ample free parking in front of the building.
- Phone: 216-292-3937
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Address28700 Chagrin Boulevard, Suite 11
Woodmere, OH 44122
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