Digital Eye Strain in Stoney Creek

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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:

Visiting Stoney Creek Optometry to discuss corrective lenses specifically made for computer use can help reduce eye strain. These lenses can have specific coatings for blue light defence, which can help alleviate computer vision syndrome.

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 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.

In addition to the 20-20-20 rule, there are other ways to give your eyes a break during computer use. 

  • Find tasks to complete away from the computer or device throughout the day to give some time for your eyes to relax.
  • Remembering to blink while working on your device can help to relieve dry-eye and make for a more comfortable computer experience.

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 Location

Our clinic is located on Queenston Road, right next to Fortinos Plaza in the prestigious Stoney Creek Professional Arts Building.

Our Address

  • Stoney Creek Professional Arts Building, 980 Queenston Rd. Suite 202
  • Stoney Creek, ON L8G 1B9

Contact Information

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

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