With the prevalence of smartphones, tablets and computers in our daily lives, the number of individuals suffering from digital eye strain is through the roof. In fact, it is estimated that around 70% of millennials are faced with the condition. Given that two hours of screen-time a day is enough to trigger symptoms, this is hardly surprising.
Digital eye strain is an irritating condition which causes discomfort and fatigue around the eyes as a result of spending a long time focusing on digital screens. You’ve probably been there: reading away at your computer, then feeling tired, or perhaps a compulsive need to rub your eyes. You could be looking at eye strain.
The key to overcoming eye strain is in your environment; take preventative measures to prevent any symptoms from persisting.
There are many steps you can take to prevent (or reduce) problems arising from eye strain. While not an exhaustive list, it may give you a few ideas you can test at home, or in the office.
These are designed to:
The benefit of each aspect of computer glasses is to give your eyes less work to do, and keep them in a more comfortable environment, therefore reducing strain. The blue wavelength light has been linked to the development of eye diseases over time, so this is looking out for your long-term eye health.
By using soft, diffused light behind your monitor, your eyes require less effort to focus and can experience reduced strain. In your home or office, try to limit any harsh lighting as it isn’t good for your eyes.
This is the ideal distance at which your monitor should sit from your eyes, and is around 26-30”. This is where your eyes will naturally focus most easily.
When you look at anything, the focusing muscles around your eye are working hard to ensure that the image is clear and sharp. Tasks like reading (especially from a digital screen) require your eyes to work without reprieve. Over time, this fatigues your muscles and puts them under strain.
This strain is usually manifested as general discomfort or tiredness in your eyes, but other symptoms may include: