We spend more time using devices like computers, smartphones, and tablets. With that increased screen use comes risks for our eyesight. When we use screens, our eyes have to work harder since they focus intensely on a small area, often for extended periods.
Our Santamaria Eye Center team is here to provide you with the information you need to take care of your eyes. Understanding how to preserve comfortable eyesight with increased screen use is crucial in our increasingly digital world.
Increased screen use can result in digital eye strain, also called computer vision syndrome. Increased headaches, blurry vision, and dry eye disease are common side effects associated with digital eye strain.
The average American spends over 7 hours on screens every day. Almost 60% of this screen time is spent on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Some data suggests this trend is rising.
We recommend using the 20-20-20 rule to give your eye muscles a break when using screens all day. The 20-20-20 rule allows your eyes to take a break and completely relax. Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break from screens by looking at an object 20 feet away.
Some lenses are designed with a coating to help minimize glare and increase comfort from using screens. These lenses can also magnify text on screens to reduce eye strain and make it easier to look at screens for extended periods.
Digital eye strain, or computer vision syndrome, isn’t permanent. By actively taking steps to reduce eye strain, like using the 20-20-20 rule or computer vision lenses, you can see comfortably and reduce your risks of headaches, pain, and dry eye disease.
Your eye surface needs tear film to stay hydrated and healthy. When you stare at a screen for too long, you don’t blink as much as you need to, which can lead to dry eye. As your eyes strain to focus on screens, you may also risk dirt, dust, and debris building up on your eye surface. This buildup could contribute to dry eye by reducing your tears’ effectiveness.
Eye drops may help alleviate symptoms associated with digital eye strain, like dry eye, itchiness, and irritation. However, changing habits like reducing screen time or taking breaks from screens can be more effective at alleviating eye strain in the long run.
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