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
- Sore neck, shoulders, or upper back
- Increased sensitivity to light
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty keeping your eyes open