Digital Eye Strain

We get it. We’re all pretty glued to our screens these days, and Carrollwood Optical has specialized treatment programs for digital eye strain.

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Digital eye strain can also be referred to as computer vision syndrome.  The problem can include eyes that itch and tear, and are dry and red. Your eyes may also feel tired or uncomfortable and you may not be able to focus normally.  These problems are typically caused by frequent computer or digital device use. Using e-readers and smartphones may also cause these problems. 

These problems have been increasing in frequency over the past few decades. Many people have some symptoms if they use a computer or digital device for long periods throughout the day.  Most computer or digital device users have symptoms at least some of the time. Digital eye strain is very common in both children and adults. 

According to the Vision Council, more than 80 percent of adults report using digital devices for over two hours per day, and nearly 67 percent say they use two or more devices simultaneously. Moreover, close to 55 percent report looking at some type of screen in the first hour they’re awake, and nearly 80 percent say they use digital devices in the hour just before going to sleep. 

Digital eye strain can cause many symptoms, including: 

  • Blurred vision
  • Double vision
  • Dry eye
  • Eye discomfort
  • Eye fatigue
  • Eye itching
  • Eye redness
  • Eye tearing
  • Headaches
  • Neck and shoulder pain

We’re all pretty “plugged in” these days, and while we value the connection and freedom to be remote; we need to take care of our eyes. We are putting them under increasing strain.

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