Relief for Your Strained Eyes
There’s no denying our world has gone digital and screen time is on the rise. We work, play, and live by our screens. Although this can be highly convenient, our eyes can become exhausted from overuse.
If your eyes are tired and sore after prolonged use of screens, it is called digital eye strain. At Coast Optometry, we offer treatment options for eye strain. Let us provide you with relief for your weary peepers!
Eye Strain vs. Digital Eye Strain
You can develop eye strain from focusing on one task or object for an extended period, like driving or reading too long without pausing to rest.
Your eye strain is digital when it occurs after working on a digital device for over 2 consecutive hours. This condition is sometimes called computer vision syndrome.
Symptoms of eye strain can include:
- Irritated eyes
- Red eyes
- Watery eyes
- Sore neck and shoulders
Some Tips to Help You Manage
The 20/20/20 Rule
The 20/20/20 rule is a short-term method to alleviate symptoms of digital eye strain: every 20 minutes, look at an object 20 feet away for approximately 20 seconds. These regular breaks can help your eyes readjust and relax.
Eye drops are a quick fix to rehydrate dry and tired eyes. But we recommend contacting the team at Coast Optometry before purchasing over-the-counter eye drops. Some ingredients may not be suitable for certain eye types and prescriptions and can cause unneeded irritation.
More Tips & Tricks
Here are some tips to help manage your symptoms:
- Take many quick stretch breaks!
- Adjust the lighting in the room
- Attempt to reduce glare
- Adjust the height of your monitor
- Adjust screen settings
- Blink often to refresh your eyes
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The good news is that digital eye strain has no long-term consequences for your eyes, and a few simple adjustments to your daily digital rituals can help relieve your sore, tired eyes.
It’s important to note that other eye conditions have similar symptoms to digital eye strain. If you follow our list of tricks and don’t notice a difference, please give us a call to book an eye exam.
We can work together with you to find the cause of your condition and provide proper treatment.