Staring at digital screens all day an strain your eyesight, learn how to reduce the risks
There is a spreading problem of many young adults suffering from eye strain which is a result of being overexposed to technology. If you’re currently suffering from unexplained dry eyes, headaches and blurred vision it could be your digital devices that are causing it.
The result of a survey developed by the vision council has indicated that most Americans are being overexposed to technology. An astonishing 90 percent of the people surveyed said that they spend two or more hours on a digital device each day. In addition one out of 10 people surveyed said that they spend 75 percent of their day looking at a screen.
According to Justin Bazan the medical adviser of the vision council “Our eyes are not built to stare at digital screens all day”
Who is most at risk for digital Eye strain?
Adults who are at the age of thirty or under are the most vulnerable to digital eye strain. It is this age group that spends the majority of their day looking at digital screens. This includes working on computers and constantly being on their smart phones. According to Dr.Adamopoulous more people have been coming into her practice complaining of digital eye strain and a large percentage of those people are aged 30 and under. She said “I’m getting the millennials coming in feeling symptoms you used to feel in your early 40s”. According to the vision council people who spend a lot of their day staring at screens should opt for filtering lenses for eye glasses that could be prescription or non-prescription. In addition the vision council recommends that people reduce the amount of time they spend staring at screens if possible.
Reduce your risk of digital eye strain
The risk of digital eye strain is associated with the frequency and duration of the use of digital devices. Computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones emit blue light which can have irritating effects on the eyes if they are being exposed for prolonged amounts of time.
To reduce the risk follow the 20/20 rule, this is taken from the 20/20 vision metric name. The rule is that every 20 minutes of staring at a screen you should take a break and stare at something else further away for 20 seconds. By following the 20/20 rule you can reduce the risk of digital eye strain.
Finally you should look into getting a pair of computer glasses. These glasses have lens that can filter out blue light as well as reduce digital eye strain. If you want to find out if you need computer glasses book an eye exam today to learn more.