With more people working from home and students taking online classes, digital eye strain is becoming a harsh reality of the COVID-19 era in Oshkosh. It does not matter how old you are or if you currently have perfect vision—the blue light from computers and mobile devices will challenge your eyes. Here are the most frequent questions asked about computer-related eye strain and how it can affect you or your children.
What is digital eye strain?
Also called computer vision syndrome, digital eye strain describes a series of vision-related problems related to the frequent use of computers and mobile devices. Many Americans spend at least several hours a day in front of a computer, and for students of any age, that is also becoming the case as COVID-19 keeps schools closed.
What are the symptoms of digital eye strain?
Those suffering from computer vision syndrome may complain of headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes, neck and shoulder pain and difficulty focusing when they look away from the screen and try to focus on something further away. Headaches concentrate around the eyes, and eye strain often results in feelings of fatigue and dull aches.
Many of these symptoms are temporary if the individual does not have other vision problems. Even if you benefit from updated vision correction, you can still suffer digital eye strain. In the long run, if you do not make an effort to alleviate eye strain from using devices, there will be effects to your overall vision.
What other conditions contribute to digital eye strain?
Digital eye strain in Oshkosh mainly results from the blue light emanating from devices. However, your environmental elements can also contribute. If your screen glares or the lighting is poor, that will make any conditions for digital eye strain worse. Also, failing to correct vision problems, posture and ergonomically-incorrect workspaces will make eye strain worse. People suffering from farsightedness or astigmatism are most likely to face issues with digital environments.
How can I prevent digital eye strain?
One strategy is to employ the 20-20-20 rule. This involves taking a 20-second break to view something 20 feet away every 20 minutes. You also need to plan rest breaks. For every two hours of continuous computer or device work, take a 15-minute break that does not involve a glowing screen.
If you have a busy day and do not feel you can take adequate breaks, consider investing in computer-friendly glasses. Essilor Eyezen lenses are designed to protect your eyes from blue light during days that are more tech-focused than usual. If your profession involves heavy computer work, these glasses are likely worth the investment.
Other steps include placing a glare filter on your computer screen, placing monitors 15 to 20 degrees below eye level and 20 to 28 inches from your eyes and providing good lighting. Seating position also affects eye strain, and you need to design an ergonomically correct workspace. If you need to use reference materials as you type, use a document holder beside the monitor so you do not need to move your head to see both it and the screen.
Digital eye strain is likely to become an issue in your Oshkosh household as the pandemic continues. Dr. Jill’s Optical Shoppe can help you and your family with eye care as these challenges arise. Contact us today to set up an appointment.