Screen Time May Be Straining Your Eyes
Between work, school, and daily digital device use, we tend to spend a lot of time on our digital devices. According to a recent survey, Canadians report spending about 11 hours a day on their digital devices. With many hours of screen time, digital eye strain, also known as computer vision syndrome, can occur. Digital eye strain can be characterized by headaches, blurry vision, irritated eyes, double vision and similar symptoms due to extended digital device use.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of digital eye strain after prolonged screen time, visit our office today for an eye exam.
Why Am I Experiencing Digital Eye Strain?
When experiencing digital eye strain, your eyes are working harder than they normally would be to focus on your screen. Digital devices tend to have screens that have high contrast, small font, and glare, and are held at a variety of angles. This can contribute to eye strain, and if you have existing vision conditions, digital eye strain may have a greater effect on you.
Talk to one of our optometrists about why you may be experiencing digital eye strain.
How to Help With Digital Eye Strain
Digital eye strain can make focusing on your screens difficult and your daily tasks more challenging. Here are some ways to lessen the effects of digital eye strain in our everyday life:
Try Computer Lenses
Adjust Your Computer Setup
Adjusting your computer setup can help with digital eye strain and provide you with some relief. Your monitor should be slightly below your eye line and about 20 inches away from your eyes. As well, try to avoid light glare as best as possible when positioning your monitor or add an anti-glare filter to your screen.
The 20-20-20 Rule
The 20-20-20 rule is a break guideline that you can use when on your digital devices to help reduce eye strain and can reduce the fatigue that comes with screen time. The 20-20-20 rule is as such: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and focus on something 20 feet away.
Take a Break from Your Device
In addition to the 20-20-20 rule, there are other ways to give your eyes a break during computer use.
Alleviate Your Eye Fatigue
Our digital devices can be important tools that we use every day, but the digital eye strain that could come from their use can be uncomfortable. Talk to one of our optometrists about why you may be experiencing digital eye strain and what solutions we can offer.
Extended Hours, Direct Billing, & Conveniently Located
Life can get busy, and we want to help simplify your eye care experience. We are conveniently located on all major bus routes, provide free parking, have extended evening and Saturday hours, and offer direct billing to most insurance companies. We implement our extensive experience and innovative technology into our eye exams to ensure your visit is a productive one.
Our clinic is located on Queenston Road, right next to Fortinos Plaza in the prestigious Stoney Creek Professional Arts Building.
- Stoney Creek Professional Arts Building, 980 Queenston Rd. Suite 202
- Stoney Creek, ON L8G 1B9
Hours of Operation
- Monday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed