Did you know that Canadians spend approximately 11 hours a day in front of a screen? Whether a computer, smartphone, tablet, or TV, our lives revolve around technology. But with these modern machines come modern problems.
Despite its name and association with digital devices, digital eye strain is not actually caused by the screens and devices themselves. Instead, it is caused by extended periods of intense focus on one area. While reading without resting and driving long distances can cause eye strain, digital device use is the most common cause.
Screen use causes strain on the eyes more than other mediums because:
You can reduce your risk of developing eye strain by making a few adjustments to your daily habits. One of the easiest ways to do this is to give yourself a break from your work, whether it is on a computer or behind the wheel. Breaks are not only good for your eyes but your overall health as well.
If making the necessary adjustments is not helping ease your discomfort, please call us and book an eye exam.
Although digital eye strain does not lead to long-term complications, the symptoms are similar to more serious vision problems. A comprehensive eye exam will allow us to rule out anything potentially dangerous.