If you’re like most Canadians, you probably spend a fair amount of time each day, both at home and at work, using digital devices. Did you know that individuals who spend more than 2 hours each day using computers, tablets, and smartphones are at risk of developing digital eye strain?

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Symptoms of Digital Eye Strain

Digital eye strain symptoms include:

  • Red eyes
  • Burning eyes
  • Tired eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Double vision
  • Headaches
  • Twitching eyelids
  • Trouble switching your focus between near and distant objects or vice versa
  • Back and neck pain

Combatting Digital Eye Strain

There are a few things you can do to reduce, or even avoid, digital eye strain. The most important is to give your eyes regular breaks. To help ensure your eyes get the rest they deserve, the Canadian Association of Optometrist recommends following the 20/20/20 rule: Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break by shifting your focus away from your screen to an object that’s at least 20 feet away from you.

You may also want to consider investing in a pair of computer glasses. These glasses are treated with a special coating that blocks out harmful blue light and reduces glare, helping you avoid digital eye strain.

For more information about the risks of digital eye strain, and what you can do to prevent it, please speak to your optometrist during your next appointment.
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