Digital Eye Strain

What is Digital Eye Strain?

Digital Eye Strain can be defined as the physical discomfort felt after two or more hours in front of a digital screen. Technology is becoming a bigger part of our lives, with many people required to use devices for work or education. This requirement is changing our visual behaviour, placing additional strain on our eyes.

Our eyes are having to become accustomed to a new range of near vision to accommodate the shorter distance at which we hold digital devices. They also require our eyes to constantly switch between different distances. This is a situation that demands a lot – often too much – from our eyes. An increasing number of people are becoming shortsighted or are complaining about problems with their eyes or health as a result.

These devices place extreme strain on the ciliary muscle and the lens of the eye, which have to constantly re-adapt to ensure that what we see is clearly focused. Symptoms such as headaches, neck strain and burning/tired eyes have been associated with extended usage of technology. These symptoms seem to worsen with age and are being reported at an increasing rate.

What can be done to prevent it?

The easiest way to prevent digital eye strain is to take frequent breaks from technological devices. However, with technology playing a larger part in our lives than ever, it is not always the most practical option.

Our optometrists recommend ZEISS Digital Lenses for patients experiencing discomfort as a result of digital eye strain. ZEISS Digital Lenses are sharply focused on the use of digital devices such as smartphones or tablets.

Special optimisation of the near zone takes into account the typical movements of the eyes and shorter reading distance required by these devices. This design optimally supports the ciliary muscle, therefore making it easier for the wearer to focus their vision in the near and distance ranges. This may help to prevent symptoms of fatigue.

If you’re experiencing Digital Eye Strain, book an appointment online to see Mark or David.