Digital eye strain is a modern-day vision problem, which is affecting a growing number of the population; it can affect anyone who is constantly using digital devices for extended periods of time. Digital devices emit a type of light called HEV Light (or “Blue” Light), which is the primary cause of digital eye strain.
Strained eyes are not exclusively caused by looking at digital devices, so many of the symptoms experienced are shared with other causes which include:
The requirement to use digital devices in our everyday lives is not going away anytime soon. Therefore, proper management of your habits, lifestyle and vision care is the key to ensuring your eyes stay healthy.
At Vivid Eye Care, our experienced optometrists have provided tailored advice and successfully helped to mitigate digital eye strain for our patients. Please contact us if you have any of the symptoms mentioned earlier so we can provide relief for the discomfort and inconvenience caused by digital eye strain.
Available with or without a prescription, specially coated computer glasses or contact lenses can significantly reduce exposure to HEV Light without affecting visibility.
The “20/20/20 rule” is useful for giving your eyes the breaks they need to prevent damage or adverse symptoms from occurring. Every 20 minutes, look at something at least 20 feet away, for at least 20 seconds. Making this a habit will ensure that your eyes get sufficient rest to effectively mitigate long-term damage to your eyes.
These filters are commonly offered for smartphones, tablets and computer monitors. They are thin layers of plastic or tempered glass which are placed over the screens, and block significant amounts of HEV Light from reaching our eyes without affecting the visibility of the display. They can also serve the function of screen protectors.
Our office is part of the Cranston Market Clinic and is just two minutes off of Deerfoot Trail. Vivid Eye Care is in the same plaza as the Sobey’s and Scotiabank.