Protect Your Vision Against Digital Screens
As we continue to rely on digital screens to work, learn, and entertain ourselves, digital eye strain is becoming more common.
Digital eye strain, or computer vision syndrome, is an eye condition that occurs when you spend too much time using a digital screen. While it typically causes temporary symptoms, these symptoms can be irritating enough to affect your life.
Our team can help you mitigate the eye discomfort of using digital screens. Book an appointment today to see how we can help!
What Are the Symptoms of Digital Eye Strain?
Digital eye strain symptoms can be different for everyone. Depending on your age, how much time you spend using digital screens, and your office setup, you may experience any of the following symptoms:
Tips for Relieving Digital Eye Strain
If your eyes have been affected by digital eye strain, please book an appointment with us. We can test your eyes to determine the cause of your eye strain and give you tips on how to protect your vision.
In the meantime, you can follow these tips to relieve your digital eye strain symptoms.
Adjust Your Screen Settings
Adjusting the display settings of your computer can help reduce digital eye strain. We recommend making these adjustments to protect your eyes:
- Adjust your screen brightness so it is similar to the brightness of your surroundings
- Adjust the text size and contrast so your eyes do not have to work too hard
- Adjust the colour temperature of your screen so it is more yellow than blue
Modify Your Work Station
Using a screen in a poorly lit room or with improper posture can contribute to digital eye strain. To ensure your eyes do not have to work harder than they need to, you should:
- Make sure you are using a screen in a room that is properly lit but not too bright
- Maintain good posture by ensuring your chair is at the proper height
- Position your computer 20–24 inches from your eyes and 10–15 degrees below your eyes
Blink More Often
When using a digital screen, people tend to blink less often than they should. When you blink less, it can cause your eyes to become dry and irritated, worsening the effects of digital eye strain.
To ensure you are blinking enough when using a screen, try setting an alarm for 20-minute increments and blink 10 times slowly before returning to your screen.
Follow the 20-20-20 Rule
Following the 20-20-20 rule ensures that you give your eyes a proper break. This rule suggests that every 20 minutes, you should take a 20-second break to focus on something at least 20 feet away (approximately 6 metres).
We Are Here to Help Preserve Your Vision
Our team is ready to help uncover why you are experiencing digital eye strain and make recommendations to manage your symptoms.
Book your appointment today to get started!
Niagara Vision is located in Optimist Park Plaza, just off Dorchester Road and Morrison Street. There is lots of parking available right in front of our practice!
- Unit B6, 4725 Dorchester Rd
- Niagara Falls, ON L2E 0A8
Hours of Operation
- Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Thursday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed