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Digital Eye Strain : 10 Effective Prevention & Treatment Methods
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Team Jiyyo | Updated: Aug 24, 2020

Digital Eye Strain : 10 Effective Prevention & Treatment Methods

The last 2 decades have witnessed an increased use of digital devices due to major advancements in information technology. These advancements have harmed adversely, the most important buddy in our body - The Eye.

Devices like desktop and laptop computers, televisions, e-readers, smartphones, tablets, gaming gadgets have impacted our eyes massively which causes digital eye strain. This is a temporary discomfort to eyes that generally follow 2 or more hours of digital device use as people tend to switch between such devices repeatedly or use one for longer periods.


Signs of Digital Eye Strain?


  • Headaches
  • Eye fatigue
  • Irritated, dry or red eyes
  • Neck, shoulder and back pain
  • Blurred vision

What causes Digital Eye Strain?


There are many causes due to which we get discomfort & digital strain there is no single event or behavior, some of them are:

  • Blue light – Also known as HEV ( High energy visible light ) is emitted by digital devices increases the eye strain and may lead to cataracts.
  • Small print – Another reason for irritation and strain in the eyes is pixelated images and small print which are difficult to read and focus on.
  • Distance & Angle – Holding devices at the inappropriate distance ( too close) and the wrong angle can also cause problems.
  • Eye-wear – People who wear prescription eyewear may complain of extra strain as corrective lenses are not meant to be used for mid-distance viewing of computers and other devices.



Preventing Digital Eye Strain


We can start this by giving attention to our body; any kind of eye, back, neck, or shoulder pain should not be ignored as they are the signs of digital eye strain. The best way of preventing DES (Digital eye strain) is to limit the use of digital devices. It is easier said than done, as, it is difficult to do so in the digital era. But if we follow the below-given tips we can certainly lessen our eye strain to a large extent:-

1.) Keep the right distance - One should position the digital device on a sufficient distance like for computers, extend your arm and place your palm on the flat monitor screen, while seated in front of the computer. For handheld devices, hold the device just below eye level and at a distance that still enables you to comfortably read the screen.

2.) Keep the background light cool – We must adjust the brightness and color of the screens to reduce the glares that cause the maximum strain. This can be done by checking the device’s control settings. The background color must be changed from bright white to a cooler gray. Glare reduction filters may be used for computer screens.

3.) Always use a clean screen - Always keep the screens of your devices clean.  A smudge-free, dust-free screen certainly helps reduce glare.

4.) Dim surrounding lights - To prevent strain, one must reduce the amount of light competing with your device’s screen. When inside the competing lights may be dimmed, and for outdoors, try to avoid competing with direct sunlight while using your digital device. Doing so will help reduce glare and eye strain.

5.) Adjust the angle of the screen - Digital screens should always be kept directly in front of your face and slightly below eye level, irrespective of what type of device you’re using.

6.) Increase text size to medium if not large - Increasing the text size of your device while reading will make your eyes more comfortable and lessen the strain.

7.) Use computer glasses - Computer glasses are a very appropriate solution for reducing both digital eye strain and the potentially damaging effects on eyes. They look like regular glasses but the difference is in the lens. Anti-Glare screens are available in all shapes and sizes which can be obtained without a prescription.

8.) Blink more often - Staring at a digital screen can reduce how often you blink, causing eyes to become dry. Remind yourself to blink more often, which also helps the eyes refocus.

9.) Go for a 20-20-20 break - Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away. Even short breaks make a huge difference.

10.) Feature eyeglasses - Some computer glasses even feature lenses that selectively absorb harmful blue light, preventing it from entering the cornea and causing eye damage. These glasses can include features like anti-reflective coating, glare softening, and blue light absorption that improves the contrast, helping your eyes adjust to harmful emissions.

With that being said, a regular eye checkup and consultation is key to care for our beloved eyes. With the paneled, Ophthalmologist at Jiyyo, you can get the E-consultation done anytime and anywhere.

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