Digital Eye Strain
As silly as it may sound, Digital Eye Strain is not a rare, crazy sci-fi condition. In fact, it is a very common condition that many people experience due to the nature of our work which revolves around sitting in front of the computer for many hours.
People will complain of symptoms such as tired eyes, frontal headaches, dull stretching pain around the eyes, blurry vision or even double vision in some cases.
Computer are the “normal ” situation in most workplace and they are certainly common in most homes.
However, more than 50% of computer operators experience eyestrain, headaches and blurred vision?
These problem occur along with other visual symptoms related to the increase of sustained near point visual stress that is associated with the use of computer screens. Visual Stress can also magnify complaints of general body fatigue; reduce work efficiency and increase the error rates as the day progresses.
Why It’s a Problem
This is because our eyes work harder to focus for up close distances at an arm’s distance or less. Another issue is the discomfort from the screen’s glare. We may also have postural problems such as neck pains or back pains. Uncorrected astigmatism or long-sightedness can also be a contributing factor for tired eyes in front of the computer.
The Vision Problems
The patient’s symptoms, clinical findings that show unusual eye teaming or focussing skills, assess patient’s prescription to see if any refractive condition needs to be corrected.
Relax Your Eyes!
- Regular breaks for the eyes!
- Anti-reflecting coatings which reduce glare from the computer screen. With new technology there are also special coatings that filter the harmful blue rays from LED screens which make our eyes more tired.
- Correct any uncorrected refractive error
- Vision therapy if eye teaming is poor