What is Computer Eye Strain?
Computer eye strain, also called computer vision syndrome or digital eye strain, is becoming a serious concern in the digital age. The condition occurs as the eyes become fatigued from staring at a computer or digital screen for prolonged periods of time. If you find that your eyes get tired or you experience other uncomfortable symptoms after using a digital device, Aucello EyeCare Center offers an innovative solution to help make your eyes more comfortable.
Digital Eye Strain Symptoms
Computer eye strain is a group of problems stemming from the prolonged use of a computer, tablet, smartphone or other type of digital device. Symptoms include:
- Sore, burning or itching eyes
- Watery or dry eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Blurry vision
- Sore neck, back or shoulders
Looking at a digital screen is much different than looking at a printed page, and it often requires the eyes to exert more effort to focus properly. Digital screens emit a significant amount of blue light, which are the shortest-wavelength, highest-energy waves on the visible light spectrum. Blue light scatters more easily than other light waves, so it is harder to focus on a computer screen than a printed page.
Because of the visual demands of computer work, the eyes tire sooner. Poor lighting conditions, glare or uncorrected vision problems can compound the effects of computer eye strain. Also, blink rate naturally slows down when using a computer, so the eyes lose some of their natural moisture.
Blue light can threaten your ocular health in other ways. Studies have shown overexposure to blue light can increase the risk of macular degeneration and long-term damage to the retina.
What to Do about Computer Eye Strain
If you are experiencing the symptoms of computer eye strain, the first thing you should do is see one of our eye doctors for a complete eye exam. During the appointment, we will ask you about your symptoms and your computer usage at work and home. We will test your vision and ensure that your eyeglass or contact prescription is up to date (if applicable). We will inspect your eyes to rule out other problems, including presbyopia, cataracts or glaucoma.
Our eye doctors can give you suggestions for making computer work more comfortable for your eyes. We can recommend how to adjust your workstation setup, computer and lighting to minimize the impact of computer eye strain.
Blue Block Technology
Our doctors may also recommend that you purchase special-purpose glasses with blue block technology. Blue block technology is designed to protect your eyes from overexposure to blue light emitted from digital screens. The glasses have tinted lenses that prevent significant amounts of blue light from penetrating your eyes. This helps to reduce computer eye strain, improve your personal comfort and focus and protect your eyes from the long-term damage of blue light. You can work longer and more comfortably and enjoy peace of mind knowing the glasses are helping to preserve your ocular health.
For more information about computer eye strain and blue block technology, please call or email Aucello EyeCare Center today.