While society as a whole is getting healthier, one area where we see a surge in symptoms is eye strain. Eye strain is common, with up to 70% of Americans experiencing the effects of eye strain right now. The symptoms of eye strain, though generally mild, are both uncomfortable and a major impact on workplace productivity.
Most Americans spend more than two hours per day in front of a computer screen or using their smartphone. Youth are a rising demographic impacted by eye strain, as they tend to be more integrated into digital processes (such as working on a computer and communicating on their smartphone).
Schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Baldwin. She will assess your eye strain and provide appropriate next steps to treat and manage symptoms.
Eye strain doesn’t require a digital device to develop. However, digital displays exacerbate eye strain symptoms and are increasingly common in our society.
Prolonged periods spent concentrating, as we do when we are reading or focusing on a laptop display, fatigue our eye focusing muscles. Because of this, reading and computer usage are both known to be major causes of eye strain.
Many variables influence the prevalence of digital eye strain. Factors such as ergonomics, viewing distance, and ambient lighting play a big role in the development of digital eye strain.
Eye strain isn’t associated with debilitating symptoms. For the most part, its symptoms are mild and also temporary. They include:
During your eye exam, Dr. Baldwin will assess your focusing system to determine the best way to relieve your eye strain. When appropriate, she will prescribe glasses with specialized features that are designed to alleviate eyestrain caused by computers, smartphones and other devices.
They may be lenses that you could wear all of the time, or lenses you may just want to wear while doing heavy computer work. These glasses can also have a special coating on them designed to block blue light rays emitted from digital screens, as research indicates these wavelengths may cause long term retinal damage.
Behavioral changes can have a distinct impact on eye strain. Taking frequent breaks (such as getting up every hour to go to the water cooler) allows the eye a reprieve from focusing so intently, as well as introduces mobility and variation in posture.
Following the 20/20/20 rule is the best way to minimize eye strain. Simply put, every 20 minutes look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. This lets the eyes and their focusing muscles recharge, delaying the onset of eye strain symptoms.
Controlling your environment can have a big impact on eye strain. Reducing glare and increasing ambient lighting will both make it easier for the eye to focus, reducing strain on the focusing muscles.
Properly setting up your workstation for ideal ergonomics will also help reduce eye strain. Ensure your monitors are at least 31” away from your face, and choose a chair that supports and encourages proper posture.
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