How Digital Screens Affect Your Eyes

Digital Screens and Your Eye Health

These days, it’s hard to go more than a few hours without looking at a screen. Whether it’s working remotely on your computer for eight hours a day, binge-watching your favorite shows on TV, or scrolling through social media on your phone, they’re always around.

The thing is, all the blue light those screens give off can do a real number on your eyes.

What is Digital Eye Strain?

Also known as “computer vision syndrome,” digital eye strain refers to the various vision problems you can develop from using your computer, phone, and other digital screens for long periods of time.

The blue light that these screens give off penetrates deeper into your eyes, causing strain. If you’re using your phone or laptop closer to bedtime, you could also mess with your circadian rhythm, making it harder to fall asleep.

You can also experience digital eye strain if you:

  • View your screen in poorly-lit rooms

  • Sit too close to your screen

  • Have poor posture while looking at your screen

  • View screens with uncorrected vision problems

How to Prevent Digital Eye Strain

Give Yourself a Break

Especially when you’ve been in front of a screen for a while, give your eyes a chance to relax. Step away from your work screens for a few minutes every hour, and put your phone or tablet away an hour before bed.

Wear Blue Light Glasses

These glasses have special lenses that block blue light from entering your eyes, helping reduce strain. You can ask your eye doctor if they offer blue light glasses as part of their optical services.

Swap Contacts for Glasses

Contact wearers can experience greater strain or dry eyes while looking at digital screens. If you notice your eyes feel irritated, try wearing your glasses instead of contacts for a bit.

Adjust Your Workspace

Since digital eye strain can be worse if you’re staring at bright screens in a dark room, make sure your workspace is properly lit. You should also aim to have your screens no closer than an arm’s length away, and invest in anti-glare screen covers if possible.

Address Issues Right Away

If you struggle with poor vision, dry eyes, or another vision issue, don’t ignore it. A trip to your trusted eye doctor can provide solutions and help reduce further strain.

Eye Care Services in Dallas

As a recognized leader in eye care for half a century, the eye doctors at Key-Whitman Eye Center are committed to helping our patients achieve the optimal results they are seeking.

From the latest technology in vision procedures to the individualized care provided by our optical center, our goal is to help you restore and enjoy your best possible vision, eye health, and lifestyle.

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