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Also called computer vision syndrome, digital eye strain results from prolonged use of computers and other smart devices. After a long day of working on the computer, do your eyes feel exhausted and your neck and shoulders feel sore? These are common symptoms of digital eye strain.

Read on to learn about the causes of digital eye strain and how to treat it.

Why Digital Eye Strain Occurs

It’s easy to forget about blinking when using the computer or reading a book. Regular blinking is essential in keeping your eyes lubricated and nourished. Viewing screens often require higher visual demands because of the contrast between the text and background and glare. Constantly moving your eyes between screens and reading materials can also wear out your eyes faster.

While extended exposure to screens can’t cause permanent damage to your eyes, it can result in discomfort. Patients suffering from digital eye strain may experience blurred or double vision, dry eyes, eye irritation, neck or back pain and headaches.

What Can You Do About It?

The easiest way to avoid and get relief from digital eye strain is to give your eyes frequent breaks from computer use. Remember to blink to prevent dry eye, or use lubricating eye drops. Good posture while working and repositioning your computer may help as well. The ideal position for monitors is just below eye level or around 20 to 28 inches away from your face. Another thing that can give your eyes comfort is changing the settings of your monitor. Tweak the contrast, text size and brightness of your screen until you find the setting that feels most comfortable for you.

Wearing outdated eyewear and having uncorrected vision problems can contribute to digital eye strain. Visiting your eye doctor regularly can help keep track of your vision and eye health needs. Contact Spectrum Eye Care today to schedule your appointment! Give us a call at (704) 817-4600 or fill out our contact form to learn more about our services.