HOW DO DIGITAL SCREENS AFFECT YOUR EYES?

Dr. Jim Martin 03/15/2016

man_on_a_tablet.jpgThese days, technology plays a much greater role in our lives than at any other point in history. From working on a computer to checking news on your smartphone or reading a book on your tablet, the odds are that you will find yourself dealing with a digital screen at some point. Unfortunately, these screens can cause eye problems. The main problem is called digital eye strain (aka computer vision syndrome).

Symptoms Of Digital Eye Strain

The varied list of symptoms includes:
  • Dry eyes
  • Eye irritation
  • Blurring of vision
  • Tired eyes
  • Pain in the neck and back
  • Headaches
According to a 2016 report from The Vision Council, of more than 10,000 people surveyed, 65 percent experienced some symptoms of digital eye strain. Everyone who uses a smartphone, computer or any other device with a digital screen is potentially at risk. The nature of the symptoms can vary since everyone has different work and usage habits. The report also found that the more time an individual spends before a digital screen, the worse their symptoms were.

Causes Of Digital Eye Strain

There are a number of potential causes of digital eye strain, it is not caused by a single event or habit. Here are some of the more common factors behind this condition:
  • Viewing Distance
    Your distance from the screen can have an effect on your eye health, particularly if you are looking at the screen from too short a distance.
  • Glare in the Viewing Area
    How much light is available in your location as you look at a digital screen can help to determine its effect on your eyes.
  • Insufficient Tears
    When viewing a digital screen, many people fail to blink as regularly as they should. Not blinking enough leads to dry eyes.
  • Screen Position
    A tilted or otherwise incorrectly positioned screen is another potential cause of digital eyestrain.
  • Blue Light
    This is also sometimes called a high-energy visible light and is produced by digital devices. This kind of light is more likely to cause eye strain when compared to other colors with a longer wavelength.
  • Prescription Eyewear
    Wearing the wrong kind of glasses can actually make digital eyestrain worse as the glasses may not be designed for viewing digital screens.

If you want to find out about the solutions for digital eye strain, download a free infographic that will tell you how to protect your eyes.

If you suspect that you are suffering from digital eye strain, contact Broome Optical to schedule an eye examination. Our doctors can help treat your eye strain and eliminate much of the discomfort associated with using digital screens.

Computer Vision Syndrome Infographic