Digital Eye Strain
Computer vision syndrome or digital eye strain results from prolonged – and particularly close up – viewing of digital devices including TVs, computers, tablets and smart phones as well as exposure to bright light and glare, engaging in long periods of activities that demand focus and concentration and straining to see in very dim light.
Eye strain caused by the displays of digital devices is becoming increasingly common as we rely more on these devices in our daily lives. Physical eye discomfort can occur in any healthy individual, but particularly among those who use a screen for longer than two hours at a time.
Symptoms of digital eye strain may include one or more of the following:
- Dry eyes
- Difficulty focusing
- Sore, irritated eyes
- Eyes that are slow to focus
- Excessive tears
- Blurred or double vision
- Increased light sensitivity
- Pain in neck, shoulders or back
The good news is that there are ways to alleviate digital eye strain and it can be prevented with the right corrective lenses and regular eyecare.