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December 22, 2017

Causes of Digital Eyestrain and Quick Tips to Avoid It

It’s the digital age. And this digital age has increased the use of digital devices that, in turn, has increased the problem of digital eyestrain. Even though the world evolves, our eyes will remain the same. Our vision cannot adapt to the changing environment around us and that is why it suffers. Cutting-edge digital devices are certainly making our lives easier but are secretly being villainous. Their functionality is effective but the radiation generated is harmful.

Digital devices like Smartphones, laptops, computers and tablets produce harmful blue, violet rays that can have a negative impact on our eyesight and cause digital eyestrain. Scientifically known as Computer Vision Syndrome, digital eyestrain can cause dry eyes, blurred vision, fatigue etc. The flicker, contrast, brightness, glare generated from digital devices cannot be handled by the fragile eyes and concentration on these screens results in eye strain.

Here are some common causes of digital eyestrain:

• Staring at computer, laptop or Smartphone screens for longer periods;

• Screen brightness either too much or not enough;

• Glare causes squinting which can cause stress and headaches;

• If you are glued on to your computer screen, you tend to blink your eyes  less which can result in eye fatigue, dryness, itching or a burning sensation;

• Using your Smartphone up close can cause irritation or blurred vision;

• Improper lighting while using digital devices, especially while working on computer or laptop, can also spoil your eyes.

Avoiding the use of digital devices in this day and age is impossible, however, you can limit the use. Here are some quick and effective solutions to protect your eyes from digital devices.

Keep a safe distance 

If you can’t distance yourself from computer, at least keep it a proper distance away. Your computer monitor should be at least 20 to 26 inches away from your eyes and should also be below your eye level. Sit on an adjustable chair so that you can adjust the chair and keep the screen below your eye level.

20-20-20 rule 

An effective and doctor recommended technique to reduce digital eyestrain – 20-20-20 rule. The 20-20-20 rule says that every 20 minutes, take a break and look away from the computer for 20 seconds and view anything that is 20 feet away from your eyes. It’s better to look at nature because it will make you feel refreshed.

Computer glasses

Rather than affecting your vision badly or wearing glasses permanently, you can opt for computer glasses that will efficiently protect your eyes from the harmful light emitted from digital devices. Computer glasses help to eliminate the glare and filter the blue light that reduces the harmful effect. You can get the lens coating for prescription as well as non-prescription glasses.

Eyes are one of the most fragile and crucial sensory organs, so take care of yours. If you are already suffering from dry eyes, headache, blurred vision, itchiness, red eyes, fatigue or any discomfort due to use of digital devices, get your eyes examined. Find an eye doctor/opthamologist who can discuss your eye problems with you and find a solution to help your eyes.


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Clark Austin is a teacher who loves to write articles whenever he gets time.

3 Responses to “Causes of Digital Eyestrain and Quick Tips to Avoid It

    avatar Alex Mathew says:

    Thanks a lot for the tips.

    Another option in adverse to computer glasses is to use Ant-Glare Monitor screens. They work very well and, in my opinion, beats wearing glasses. You cn get a good screen for around 30 bucks or so. Believe I had eyestrain for awhile until I got one of these anti-glare filters and it made my day go a lot easier to go through.

    avatar djpunjab says:

    Thanks a lot for the tips.

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