Through use of smart phones, tablets, and televisions, the amount of time adults are spending looking at screens can be harmful to their eyes.
If your work is primarily done on a computer, you may spend eight or more hours a day looking at a screen. Then when you go home, you may relax by watching television — another screen — and looking at your smartphone — yet another, albeit smaller, screen.
If you end your day with pain in your eyes, it may be due to eye strain caused by many hours staring at a screen.
Eye strain is a common condition that occurs when your eyes get tired from intense use, such as when you’re driving long distances, spending a lot of time in poor lighting, and looking at digital devices for long periods of time. The American Optometric Association has penned the term “computer vision syndrome.”
Eye strain can be annoying, but it usually isn’t serious. It typically goes away once you allow your eyes to rest and take other steps to reduce your eye discomfort.
Eye strain symptoms include:
If you’re feeling any of the above, take a minute to think back on your day. Did you spend most of it in front of a bright screen? If you’re one of the millions of adults sitting in front of a screen at work, you may be experiencing eye strain.
If your symptoms persist and self-care doesn’t relieve your eye strain, call your eye doctor and schedule and appointment.
Fortunately, digital eye strain is fairly easy to treat by limiting exposure to the source:
Your eye health should always be a priority. Your eye doctor might be able to suggest more actions to improve eye strain. As with any eye pain or discomfort, seek the guidance of a doctor.
Call Envolve Optical and schedule an appointment today.