March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month, and it’s a great time to learn about digital eye strain. In today’s world, it’s almost impossible to escape digital devices. We rely on our phones, computers, and tablets to help us stay organized, productive, and connected. However, all this time spent staring at screens can take a toll on our eyes. That’s why it’s important to be aware of digital eye strain, including its symptoms, causes, and how to prevent it. Keep reading to learn more about this condition and how you can find relief.
What is digital eye strain?
Digital eye strain is a condition that occurs when your eyes feel tired or strained after looking at digital screens for an extended period. Common symptoms include blurred vision, dry eye, headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, and fatigue—all of which can significantly impact your productivity and comfort levels. It’s important to note that digital eye strain can also increase your risk for more serious conditions such as glaucoma or cataracts.
Common causes of digital eye strain
Several factors can potentially lead to digital eye strain. One major culprit is the amount of blue light that comes from screens. Blue light produces glare that can cause discomfort and impair vision over time. Other factors include:
- Improper lighting (including fluorescent lights)
- Incorrect viewing distances (too close or far away)
- Inadequate computer setup (such as not having the monitor at the right height or angle)
- Improper eyewear (such as wearing lenses that are too strong for your work environment)
The importance of scheduling regular eye exams
If you spend a significant amount of time looking at screens every day, it’s important to schedule regular eye exams with a qualified optometrist. An optometrist will assess your eyesight and provide you with any necessary corrective lenses. These lenses can help reduce eye strain while staring at digital screens for long periods.
They may also recommend certain lifestyle changes or ergonomic measures that can help reduce digital eye strain in the workplace. Computer glasses can also help protect your eyes from the harmful effects of blue light.
Even though we need our digital devices to work, that doesn’t mean we have to live with the uncomfortable symptoms of digital eye strain. With regular eye exams and preventative measures, you can see more comfortably and reduce eye strain! If you’re having symptoms of digital eye strain, call us today to schedule a comprehensive eye exam at our office in Omaha or Council Bluffs.