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Digital Eye Strain in Santa Ana, California

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Adapting to an Increasingly Digital Environment

We use digital devices every day, whether it is a smartphone, laptop, or tablet. If you regularly use one of these devices, it is likely you will experience digital eye strain.

Although the blue light emitted from digital devices can stimulate our brain, there has not been any evidence to prove that this light can cause eye disease. Instead, digital eye strain is usually caused by reduced blinking and prolonged near focus.

Symptoms to Watch For

Digital eye strain can present itself in many ways, but the most common are general feelings of eye fatigue and discomfort. When we are working or using digital devices, we tend to blink half as often as we usually would, which can cause symptoms similar to those of dry eye.

Keep an eye out for symptoms like dry or irritated eyes, blurred vision, frequent headaches, and fatigue, as these symptoms could indicate you are experiencing eye strain.

Avoiding Digital Eye Strain

When using digital devices, it is important to sit in a comfortable position that is good for your body and your eyes. Sitting in a chair with your feet flat on the ground and your gaze focused slightly downward is the position least likely to cause unnecessary strain.

Additionally, sitting around an arm’s length away from your digital device can also reduce eye strain. If you notice you are regularly experiencing dry eye symptoms, artificial tears can help as well. Speak to your optometrist about your symptoms during your next appointment so they can tailor a treatment plan to address your needs.

Taking regular breaks can give your eyes a chance to rest and recuperate, and help you stay productive. The best way to ensure your eyes are getting regular breaks is to follow the 20-20-20 rule.

Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break from your device and shift your gaze to an object that is at least 20 feet away from you. This gives your eye muscles a chance to relax.

If you are experiencing persistent discomfort, please book an appointment with us so we can get to the root of the problem.

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