Digital Eye Strain in Sydney

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Adapting to a Digital World

Digital eye strain is common in today’s world full of smartphones, laptops, widescreen TVs, and VR headsets. The more time we spend immersed in digital screens, the harder our eyes have to work—whether we know it or not.

Digital devices have made our lives infinitely easier in work and leisure, but it’s essential to recognize their effect on our health. Attending regular comprehensive eye exams will ensure you are adopting the right habits to benefit your overall health and lifestyle.

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What is Digital Eye Strain?

When we spend too long in front of digital screens, our eyes and body can begin to feel tired and sore. Even if you have perfect vision, spending too long focusing on something can give you a headache. It’s important to visit your optometrist to ensure you’re following the right usage recommendations for your eyes and lifestyle.

If you have uncorrected refractive errors, like myopia or hyperopia, focusing on digital devices can make your eyes work harder than they need to. It’s essential to wear the right corrective eyewear if you need them to comfortably perform normal daily activities.

If you spend long periods using digital devices and begin to experience some discomfort, you may have digital eye strain. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Sore, tired, burning, or itching eyes
  • Overly watery or dry eyes
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Headache
  • Sore neck, shoulders, or upper back
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty keeping your eyes open

Preventing Digital Eye Strain

Many factors play a part in your overall comfort and ability to work for extended amounts of time, like how long you use digital devices, the distance from your eyes to the screen, the setup of your workstation, and the lighting in your work area.

Awareness of your habits and what may be detrimental to your comfort and health is important. Some great tips to reduce your risk of digital eye strain are:

  • Keep any screens about an arm’s length away from your eyes and 20 degrees below eye level.
  • Set colour and contrast tones to suit your eyes and match your screen’s brightness with your surroundings.
  • Minimize any glare on your screen by angling your screen away from light sources or using an anti-glare screen protector.
  • Keep your screen clean and free of any dust, dirt, or fingerprints.
  • Remember to blink or use artificial tears to return moisture to your eyes.

Another great tip to use is the 20-20-20 rule, which recommends taking a 20-second break every 20 minutes to focus on something 20 feet away. This gives your eyes a much-needed break and allows them to refocus.

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