Canadians are spending more time than ever using digital devices both at work and at home, causing digital eye strain. Individuals who spend more than two hours each day using screens, including computers, smartphones, and tablets, are at an increased risk of developing digital eye strain.

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Digital Eye Strain Symptoms

Symptoms of digital eye strain include:

  • Tired eyes
  • Burning eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Double vision
  • Blurry vision
  • Twitching eyelids
  • Headaches
  • Problems shifting focus from near to distant objects and vice versa

Combating Digital Eye Strain

There are several strategies you can employ to reduce or even avoid digital eye strain. One of the best things you can do for your eyes is to remember to take regular breaks from your digital devices.

The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends following the 20/20/20 rule: Every twenty minutes, take a twenty second break and shift your gaze to an object that is at least twenty feet away from you.

You may also consider investing in a pair of computer glasses treated with an anti-reflective coating and blue light filter to help prevent digital eye strain.

For more information about digital eye strain, and tips on avoiding it, please speak to your optometrist during your next appointment.