Anyone who is in front of a digital screen is at risk, regardless of age, occupation or lifestyle.

Everyone who spends more than two hours a day on computer or other digital media devices should reassess their use.

Symptoms

  • Eye redness or irritation, usually as a result of staring at the screen for long periods of time.
  • Dry eyes, due to reduced blinking rates.
  • Blurry vision, related mostly to screen glare.
  • General fatigue and strain, when trying to read small fonts.
  • Back pain due to poor body posture.
  • Headaches, because of repeated eye strain.

Prevention and treatment

It is easily preventable. Just limit the digital media use. Now, for the vast majority that won’t be able to do it, there are some adjustments to do:

External factors: clean your screen, increase text size, dim surrounding light and reduce glare from your screen, keep your distance from screen.

Internal factors: blink more often and take the 20-20-20 break: every 20 minutes, take a 20 seconds break, and look at something 20 feet away.

Also consider computer eyewear, special coatings or lenses can improve contrast, reduce screen glare, and relax eye muscles. It is available with or without prescription.

Experiences of digital eye strain can also be due to some other serious conditions, so remember always one should have regular eye examinations to take proper care of the health of the eyes.