Giving Your Eyes a Break
We’re all familiar with long hours sitting in front of the screen. Screen time has become an essential part of daily life and, for many, unavoidable. Screen time can get out of hand, whether you’re spending long hours working or watching your favourite TV show.
Your eyes need a break! Digital eye strain, also known as computer vision syndrome, can occur when you neglect some much-needed relaxation time for your eyes.
Are you dealing with the effects of digital eye strain? Schedule an appointment to visit us for a comprehensive eye exam and find relief today.
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Understanding Digital Eye Strain
Focusing on your work isn’t a bad thing, but it can result in your eyes working a little bit harder and causing strain.
Some common signs and symptoms of digital eye strain can include:
- Eye strain
- Blurred vision
- Eye irritation
- Double vision
These symptoms can also be made worse with the presence of preexisting conditions such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), presbyopia, astigmatism, and dry eye syndrome. Poor lighting and improper viewing distances can contribute to digital eye strain symptoms, so it’s helpful to monitor your workspace setup.
Digital eye strain is a tricky condition to navigate on your own. The first step you can take is booking a comprehensive eye exam with your optometrist to get to the bottom of your symptoms. Your optometrist can discuss your symptoms, review your digital device habits, and recommend some helpful management methods.
Give the 20-20-20 Rule a Try
Laser focus on your task isn’t necessarily a bad thing—doing so without taking a break can cause strain and dry out your eyes.
The 20-20-20 rule can help facilitate a much-needed break and involves:
- Looking away from your screen every 20 minutes
- Focusing on something 20 feet away (maybe check on your goldfish)
- Looking at it for at least 20 seconds (or longer)
Looking away from your screen’s bright surface can help give your eyes a break during long work sessions.
Double Check Your Screen Position
Your screen position can help prevent unnecessary stress on your eyes. Your screen should be about an arm’s length away from your eyes, and 20 degrees below eye level.
An anti-glare screen is also an excellent investment to help reduce glare from surrounding lights. You can also enlarge the text on your screen to avoid squinting.
Customize Your Screen Brightness
Comfort can be as simple as adjusting your screen’s colour and contrast tones to suit your eyes. Matching the brightness to your surroundings can help reduce stress on your eyes during those long work hours.
Your comfort is key when considering digital eye strain, and practicing good screen usage habits can make all the difference.
Putting Your Comfort First
Digital eye strain can result from putting in a little too much time at the office or watching the next episode of that show you’ve been binging. It’s important to give your eyes a break, and we want to help you find some much-needed relief.
Contact us to schedule an appointment and get an in-depth examination of your digital eye strain symptoms.
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Adults and seniors benefit from regular comprehensive eye exams, even if you think you see clearly. Routine visits with your optometrist can help preserve your eye health and detect ocular issues as soon as possible.
Schedule your next eye exam at Image Optical.
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Image Optical is located near the corner of Mountainash Road and Bovaird Drive East in the SmartCentres Brampton shopping complex.
- 55 Mountainash Rd. Unit 7
- Brampton, ON L6R 1W4
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