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Digital Eye Strain

Many People Live With the Symptoms of Digital Eye Strain Without Even Realizing it!

Working in Front of a Screen for Long Periods of Time Can Cause Numerous Symptoms

We’ve all been there: after many hours grinding away at your computer you find yourself struggling to focus. Your eyes are tired, itchy, and you’ve got a bit of a headache coming on. You may not even realize that the symptoms you are experiencing are indicative of digital eye strain!

Symptoms of Digital Eye Strain

  • Headaches
  • Blurry vision, dry eyes
  • Itchy, irritated eyes
  • Loss of focus, inability to retain focus
  • Decreased blink rate

These symptoms aren’t as a result of digital devices so much as they are a result of the way we use them. Your eyes tend to have an ideal focal point of about 90 centimeters in front of you. Most people sit too close to their computers or hold their smartphones too close to their eyes.

Managing and Treating Digital Eye Strain

Environmental Changes Can Have a Big Impact

In most cases, modifying your environment and how you use your digital devices will alleviate symptoms of digital eye strain.

Steps to take when using devices with screens:

  • When working at a computer, position your screen so that it sits at least one meter away
  • Ensure the area is well lit via ambient lighting. Be careful to avoid glare on your screen
  • Follow the 20/20/20 rule – Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds
  • Ensure your eyes are well lubricated. AKA, blink
  • Talk to your optometrist about anti-glare coatings, blue light filters, and specialized computer/office lenses

Optometrist-Assisted Treatment

If making some environmental and lifestyle changes just aren’t cutting it, come see us. We’ll perform an in-depth exam to determine if your symptoms are indicative of digital eye strain or if they’re a byproduct of something else.

Depending on the outcome of the exam, we may recommend several different treatment options.

Next Steps

GBOC Testimonials

  • I appreciate Dr. Anna Dionisio and her staff. I am a long time patient with eye complications and always, on a whim, have flare-ups. I could not ask for better care and compassion from Dr. Dionisio and her team. She never turns me away and always has time to see me. I highly recommend her, and commend her on her work as an Optometrist.

    Gail Grech, Wasaga Beach

  • My husband and I both suffer from serious vision and eye health problems. Dr. Anna Dionisio has proven to be an invaluable resource in identifying the latest procedures and products to assist us, and has gone above and beyond in the personal care she and her staff have extended to us. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone seeking a smart, dedicated and caring Optometrist.

    Mrs. Mary Ranta, Wasaga Beach

  • I appreciate Dr. Anna Dionisio and her staff. I am a long time patient with eye complications and always, on a whim, have flare-ups. I could not ask for better care and compassion from Dr. Dionisio and her team. She never turns me away and always has time to see me. I highly recommend her, and commend her on her work as an Optometrist.

    Gail Grech, Wasaga Beach

  • My husband and I both suffer from serious vision and eye health problems. Dr. Anna Dionisio has proven to be an invaluable resource in identifying the latest procedures and products to assist us, and has gone above and beyond in the personal care she and her staff have extended to us. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone seeking a smart, dedicated and caring Optometrist.

    Mrs. Mary Ranta, Wasaga Beach