Digital Eye Strain in Calgary

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Screens All Around Us

The world has gone digital. Many of us study online, work on our computers daily, and use our devices during our downtime. There are a lot of advantages to our handy technology (who doesn’t love snapping a photo of the perfect sunrise during a morning hike, video-calling loved ones who live long distance, and finding the best-rated ski slopes in their area in an instant?).

Unfortunately, our eyes haven’t evolved as fast as our technology has, and too much screen use can strain the eyes. Ask our optometry team about how we can provide relief!

What is Digital Eye Strain?

Digital eye strain can present with blurred vision, headaches, and dry eyes. It’s often caused by extended screen use.

Uncorrected eye conditions like myopia and astigmatism can make some symptoms of digital eye strain worse. These symptoms may resolve when you stop using a screen. But considering how prevalent screens are in our everyday life, you could probably use relief in the meantime.

Tips & Tricks to Tweak Your Screen Use

Here are some easy ways to help prevent digital eye screen and help make your workspace more user-friendly in the process:

  • Keep the screen you’re using at arm’s length and about 20 degrees below eye level.
  • If you frequently switch between looking at papers and a screen, try to prop the paper on the screen’s level.
  • Maintain good posture instead of slumping over the keyboard.
  • Get your lighting right. Screen glare or a too-bright screen in a poorly lit room can all cause eye strain.
  • A clean screen cuts down on glare—keep your screen free of fingerprints and dust.
  • Don’t forget to blink! Keep those eyes from drying out.
  • Put the 20/20/20 rule into effect: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and focus your eyes on something at least 20 feet away.

Come Say Hi

The symptoms associated with digital eye strain may disappear after the laptop closes, but they can also point to bigger eye problems. If your eyes struggle during screen use, come visit us for an eye exam to rule out more serious conditions.

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