Digital Eye Strain

Digital devices have become a part of daily life for most people. Time spent staring at screens has led to a global growing health issue of digital eye strain – a form of discomfort which occurs when eye muscles are overused. Like any muscle that is held in the one position for too long it will eventually become strained. 

What is Digital Eye Strain?

Digital Eye Strain occurs when we spend prolonged periods of time concentrating on tasks such as reading, working at the computer or watching television. This is when your inner eye muscles tighten, causing discomfort and strain.

Eye strain is very common as it happens when you use your eyes to concentrate on something for a long time. Lots of factors can cause eye strain, but there are preventative actions that you can take to prevent symptoms from developing. 

How can I prevent Digital Eye Strain from happening?

Book an Eye test - by getting a checkup you can find a problem if one exists. Kids especially will often not complain about things that they feel is normal.
Look away from screens from time to time.
When you do blink, blink fully, rather than little flutters.
Spend more time outdoors.
Take a 20-20-20 break – every 20 minutes look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds

Digital Eye Strain and Kids

In the world we now live in, we are surrounded by digital devices.

Whether for educational purposes or just fun, children are spending a large portion of their time looking at the LED screens of computers, tablets, smartphones and other digital devices.

Not coincidentally, along with this increased screen time comes consequences. We are seeing more cases of digital eye strain – symptoms caused by staring at digital devices for prolonged periods, usually two hours or more.

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