Digital Eye Strain

January 11, 2016

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Surveys show that over 70 percent of adults report eye irritation, now known as “digital eye strain.” Digital eye strain is the physical eye discomfort felt after focusing on a digital screen for two or more hours. Of course, many of us are guilty of staring at digital screens for much longer than two hours per day. Short term side effects of digital eye strain include:
  • Sore or irritated eyes.
  • Difficulty focusing.
  • Dry or watery eyes.
  • Blurred or double vision.
  • Increased sensitivity to light.
  • Pain in the neck, shoulders, or back
Long-term side effects are less known, but may include chronic vision disorders such as myopia, cataracts, macular degeneration and more.
We have to understand that since we didn’t evolve with it, technology affects us in various and unforeseen ways. Our eyes are no exception. Going forward we must learn to adapt our lifestyles around technology in more healthy ways, or continue suffering the consequences. One simple way to adapt your behavior to better deal with digital eye strain is represented by the infographic below. Next time your in front of a screen for a prolonged period of time, try the 20-20-20 rule: For every 20 minutes of work, take a 20 second break (at least!) and stare at something 20 feet away.





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