Living in a Digital World
Screens are used almost everywhere we go. When we’re not looking at a computer or TV screen, our phones usually aren’t far away.
Don’t get us wrong, technology has numerous wonderful benefits. Our screens allow us to connect and search information right at our fingertips. They’re used at work, school, and to watch the big game. But, staring at a screen too long can cause strain on our eyes.
We want your eyes to perform at their best. Let your eye doctor know about your screen usage during your comprehensive eye exam.
Digital Eye Strain & It’s Symptoms
Digital eye strain occurs when your eyes are putting in extra effort to keep images on a screen clear.
Uncorrected eye conditions such as myopia, hyperopia, presbyopia, and astigmatism can result in uncomfortable screen use, but even if you have perfect vision you can still be subject to digital eye strain.
After a long day of screen time, you might notice the following symptoms:
- Blurred vision
- Stiff neck, shoulders, and back
- Dry eyes
- Sensitivity to light
Tips & Tricks to Avoid Digital Eye Strain
The effects of digital eye strain can be heightened depending on your workspace and how you’re viewing your screen. If there is glare on the screen, you have poor posture, or your setup isn’t optimal, you may be doing yourself a disservice.
Here are some tips and tricks to reduce the risk of digital eye strain:
- Screen Positioning—your screen should be an arm’s length away from your eyes and approximately 20 degrees below eye level.
- Colour & Contrast—set the tones to best suit your eyes and match your screen brightness with your surroundings.
- Minimize Glare—you may have to adjust your screen depending on the light sources in your environment or use an anti-glare screen cover.
- Keep Your Screen Clean—dust and fingerprints can reduce clarity and make your eyes work harder to focus on an image.
- Use the 20/20/20 Rule—every 20 minutes focus on something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.
A comprehensive eye exam can detect any eye conditions that could be making it harder for your eyes to view a screen. We’ll be happy to assist you and answer any questions you may have about digital eye strain.
Find Us in Milton
We’re located in the Wilmott Marketplace Plaza off Santa Marta Boulevard, across from the Milton Sports Centre. You’ll find plenty of parking in front of our practice.
- 608 Santa Maria Blvd, Unit 4
- Milton, ON L9T 9L7
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday : 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
- Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:30 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Saturday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed