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Your Eyes Might Be Working Too Hard

By now, almost everyone works or plays in front of screens on a regular basis. Unfortunately, staring at digital displays for too long can give you sore and tired eyes. These can be signs of digital eye strain (commonly known as computer vision syndrome or DES).

DES can affect anyone, but it can be particularly troublesome for people with vision problems. Come to Hollywood Vision Center for advice on how to avoid DES and improve your symptoms.

Common Symptoms of Digital Eye Strain

You might have DES if you experience any of these symptoms while using screens:

  • Headaches
  • Persistent neck or shoulder pain
  • Difficulty focusing your vision
  • Dry eyes

Factors Contributing to Digital Eye Strain

Blinking vs. Muscle Strain

We usually blink less when we’re looking at screens, which means we’re asking more from our eye muscles. Overusing those muscles can make them stiff and tense, just like overusing any other muscle. As a result, your eyes might feel sore and tired.

Most digital displays emit a specific kind of high-energy visible light known as blue light, which is also produced by the sun. While there’s no proven link between blue light and eye disease, research suggests it may disrupt your circadian cycle. A disruption in your circadian rhythm can lead to poor sleep and tired eyes the following day.

What To Do About Digital Eye Strain

Many people combat DES in one of the following ways:

  • Using the 20-20-20 rule to rest their eyes periodically during screen use. Following the rule is easy: just take 20 seconds to focus on an object 20 feet away from you every 20 minutes.
  • Purchasing eyewear that can block blue light. Research indicates that special blue light glasses may help you sleep better if you usually use screens near bedtime.

Screens don’t have to hurt your eyes. Find help with preventing and reducing DES by contacting us today.

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