Since the invention of smart phones, the amount of time spent in front of a screen has increased exponentially! Between the computer, phone, and TV, we all spend much more time in front of a screen than we used to, and it’s affecting our vision. Computer Vision Syndrome is a general term for eye fatigue related to increasing screen time. According to the AOA, the average American spends 7 hours a day in front of a screen, just doing their job.
What can we do to prevent digital eye fatigue? Most importantly, having the correct prescription glasses makes the biggest initial difference. If your glasses are out of date, or you only have a mild prescription that is uncorrected, you’re straining all day long. Combine that with the glare from screen time and close working distance, and it’s a recipe for end of day tiredness. Furthermore, there are certain types of eyeglass lenses and lens treatments that are designed for people who spend a lot of time on screens. Not only do they maximize the vision for computer distance, but they block the dangerous blue light that comes from screens. We now know that the light that comes from screen time can increase our risk eye diseases. Another way to help reduce digital eye fatigue is to use the 20-20-20 rule. That is, every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Talk to Dr. Ramsey for more suggestions to protect your ocular health!