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Digital Eye Strain Relief & Symptoms

Many of our customers are experiencing signs of digital eye strain. We live in a society that relies heavily on the use of electronic devices. From smartphones to computer screens, these devices strain your eyes for several reasons.

The Cause of Digital Eye Strain:

Blue Light
Digital screens emit blue light, also known as high-energy visible light (HEV). HEV is emitted by our smartphones’ screens, computers, tablets, televisions, indoor lighting, and the sun. While the full effects of blue light exposure are still under investigation, we do know that prolonged exposure to this blue light will cause eye strain and may also increase the risks of macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma.

Reduced Blinking Rate
When a person stares at a screen for an extended period of time, they blink much less than they normally would, 66 percent less. This will cause eyes to feel tired and dry.

Repetitive Eye Movement
When working in front of a computer screen, the eyes repeat the same movement over and over. This is quite similar to carpal tunnel syndrome. A person working at a computer will look at the screen, then down at a keyboard, then back to the screen. The screen adds flicker, contrast, and glare, causing the eye muscles to work harder.

Uncorrected Vision Problems
Uncorrected vision problems, such as long-sightedness, inadequate eye coordination, and astigmatism can increase the likelihood of digital eye strain. If these problems are not addressed, the eye strain will recur or continue, and the symptoms can worsen.

The Symptoms
Unfortunately, 50-90 percent of people who work with computers have at least some of the symptoms of digital eye strain. Symptoms include more than dry, tired eyes.

  • Eye watering

  • Blurred or double vision

  • Neck or shoulder pain

  • Light sensitivity

  • Aching eyes

  • Headaches

  • Neck or shoulder pain

Digital Eye Strain Solutions
At Eye Concepts, we provide a number of lens solutions to our customers to prevent or diminish digital eye strain. For examples, Eyezen anti-fatigue lenses with an enhanced lower portion of the lens, designed to ease eyestrain caused by close reading distances and viewing small text on handheld devices, and Crizal Prevencia (blue coat) coated lenses to effectively neutralise harmful blue-violet light emitted by digital screens, protecting your eyes on a daily basis and maintaining your long term eye health.