Many Canadians spend a lot of time each day, both at work and at home, using digital devices. If you spend more than 2 hours each day using computers, smartphones, and tablets, you’re at risk of developing digital eye strain.

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Digital Eye Strain Symptoms

Symptoms of digital eye strain include:

  • Tired eyes
  • Burning eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Double vision
  • Twitching eyelids
  • Headaches
  • Difficulties switching your focus from near objects to distant objects or vice versa
  • Neck and back pain

Combatting Digital Eye Strain

There are several things you can do to reduce and avoid digital eye strain. The most important thing is to give your eyes regular breaks. To ensure your eyes get the rest they need, the Canadian Association of Optometrists suggests following the 20/20/20 rule: Every 20 minutes you should take a 20-second break and shift your gaze to an object that’s at least 20 feet away from you.

You may also want to consider investing in a pair of computer glasses. Computer glasses are treated with a special coating that reduces glare and blocks out harmful blue light, reducing digital eye strain.

For more information about digital eye strain, and tips on how to avoid it, please speak to your optometrist during your next appointment.

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