Smartphones, tablets, laptops, and computers have become essential components of an average Canadian’s life. Although digital devices have made our lives objectively easier, it’s crucial to understand the effects they can have on our eyes.
Eye strain occurs when our eyes are forced to work harder than they need to. Strain can happen any time we focus on one thing for long periods, like when driving, working on a computer, or reading without taking a break. Eye strain can also occur when we squint to see in low light, are exposed to glare or dry moving air from a fan, heating, or air-conditioning system, or when we’re stressed or tired.
Digital devices are the most common cause of eye strain because the digital screen makes our eyes work harder. An uncorrected vision problem, like nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, can also intensify symptoms.
Symptoms of eye strain may include:
Improving digital eye strain symptoms can be achieved through simple changes to your device, workplace, or daily habits:
Fortunately, eye strain does not usually lead to long-term consequences and will go away if you adjust your daily habits.
Eye strain symptoms are often similar to those of other underlying health conditions or vision problems, so always have your symptoms analyzed by our optometric team. We would love to investigate your symptoms and provide you with a customized treatment plan and get you back to work!
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