Posted by Renee Schmidt

Digital eye strain is a modern problem that results in poor eye health and fatigue. The Vision Council listed recommendations in its recent report on the issue.

We are living in a technical society where the average time spent in front of a computer or other electronic device is increasing at an alarming rate. Experts believe that it may cause serious health problems such as digital eye strain, headaches, and back and neck pain. With the release of next generation gadgets, which only increase our exposure to electronic devices, the discussion of digital eye strain is timely a one.

The Vision Council published a report about digital eye strain a few days ago. According to the report, the majority of adults in America face vision problem due to extended use of electronic devices. Ed Greene, CEO of the Vision Council, understands that digital devices are an important part of our daily life and extended exposure to such devices is inevitable. However, despite our digital age, the Vision Council has plenty of ideas as to how digital eye strain can be avoided.

The Vision Council emphasizes the negative effects of blue light waves that are emitted from screens of electronic devices. Apart from it, the way we use these electronic devices also affects our vision. For instance, poor posture will result in backache while overhead lighting for extended periods will result in eyes soreness.

Digital eye strain is common among people using electronic devices at work and home. Some of the common symptoms include blurred vision, dry eyes, eye redness, irritation in the eyes, fatigue, neck pain, and headaches. If you have any of these symptoms, it might be the right time to start taking care of your exposure to digital screens.

According to Vision Council, you should take 20 seconds break every 20 minutes. While taking the 20-second break, try looking at something 20 feet away. Similarly, using separate eye wear for computer use. Also keeping a safe distance from the screen will help reduce digital eye strain. You can also reduce strain on your eyes by increasing the size of font, especially when you have to spend lot of time reading. Regular eye exams will help you keep your eyes healthy.

Healthy eye habits are easy to develop and they are essential since the digital age is not going anywhere. You should prepare yourself to combat the increased use of screens. Put simply, follow the advice from the Vision Council and start taking 20 second breaks when using devices, keep a safe distance you’re your computer and, lastly, try making these changes to your display:

  • Adjust glare and brightness
  • Adjust contrast and text size on your display
  • Upgrade your display

Although the study reveals many interesting facts and figures, there’s a single takeaway I want to highlight: with increased dependency on digital devices, eye health is more important than ever. Regular checkups, regular breaks, and adjustment of your screen display can help you stay healthy and stress free!

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