Digital Eye Strain
As technology advances and becomes a larger part of our daily lives, we are using our eyes like never before. Digital Eye Strain describes eye and vision related issues developed from prolonged computer use. Common complaints associated with Digital Eye Strain are eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes, and neck and shoulder pain and can be caused by a combination of uncorrected vision issues, incorrect viewing distance and posture, and lighting and glare.
Many individuals suffering from Digital Eye Strain experience worsening symptoms with computer use which improves when they are away from the computer. If unmanaged, Digital Eye Strain can worsen over time with continued computer use. Blue light, the harmful light emitted by LED screens such as computers, TVs, smartphones, and tablets, energy efficient lighting, and fluorescent lighting, can also play a role in the eye fatigue associated with Digital Eye Strain. We recommend BluTech lenses, which filter the harmful blue light, for our patients who experience prolonged computer use.
If you feel that you may be experiencing Digital Eye Strain schedule an annual comprehensive eye exam and discuss your symptoms with your doctor.