Take Control of Your Eye Comfort
Take a second to think about all the things digital devices help you with. Now think about how much time you spend on these devices. Seems like a lot, right? For all that time you spend using these devices, the organs you rely on most are your eyes.
However, these devices can make life for your eyes a little uncomfortable, especially if you use them for long periods. This discomfort is what we call digital eye strain, and it’s far more manageable than you may think.
If you’re struggling with digital eye strain, be sure to get in touch with our team today. We can help find a treatment or management technique right for you and your needs.
What Is Digital Eye Strain?
Digital eye strain is a type of eye discomfort you may develop after looking into a digital screen for a long time. Despite the name, however, digital screens aren’t always the cause of your symptoms.
Any close-up and vision-heavy activity can cause eye strain—reading a book, writing, and driving can all contribute to eye strain. However, screen brightness, contrast, and even workplace ergonomics make digital eye strain one of the most common causes of eye discomfort.
Common causes include:
There are several ways to manage digital eye strain, some of which you can do before stepping into our office.
However, if you are still struggling with symptoms, be sure to request an appointment, and we’ll get to work on discovering what is causing your symptoms and what remedies would work best for you.
The 20-20-20 Rule
The 20-20-20 rule is a simple exercise you can perform whenever your eyes start to feel a little tired or uncomfortable.
Every 20 minutes, take 20 seconds to look at something about 20 feet away. This little break will give your eyes a chance to readjust and blink before you get back to the task at hand.
Adjusting Your Workplace
How you sit at your desk can also affect your eye comfort. Whenever you sit down to work, make sure that:
- Your computer monitor is about an arm’s length away and just below eye level.
- Your screen’s brightness matches the room.
- Your screen is angled away from light sources to reduce or prevent glare.
- Your feet rest comfortably on the floor.
Eye misalignments may be more subtle than you think, but they can still lead to uncomfortable eye problems if left uncorrected.
Even a slight eye misalignment can cause eye strain symptoms, like headaches, neck and shoulder pain, or even dizziness. These symptoms occur when a part of your brain, called the trigeminal nerve, struggles to combine the images your eyes individually provide.
Neurolenses uses contoured prism technology to help correct these misalignments, taking the stress off your brain and alleviating many uncomfortable symptoms. In fact, 93% of Neurolens wearers found relief.
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