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Digital Eye Strain in Grande Prairie

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Rest Your Eyes While Using the Computer

We rely on technology more than ever, and our eyes can become strained when using the computer for long hours. With an average screen time of over 10 hours, it’s no wonder eye discomfort is so prominent. 

Over 70% of Albertans experience digital eye strain symptoms, such as: 

  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision 
  • Watery eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Sore shoulders, neck, or back 
  • Light sensitivity 
  • Eye fatigue 

Call us soon if you experience the symptoms of digital eye strain. During an eye examination your optometrist can diagnose the underlying cause of your symptoms and rule out a potentially serious condition. 

Digital Eye Strain Causes

If your eyes are sore and strained after using screens for long periods, intense focusing might be causing your symptoms. Your eyes exert more effort to focus on the screen, and this can happen when: 

  • Reading without pausing 
  • Driving long distances 
  • Being exposed to bright light or glare
  • Straining to see in very dim light

Eye strain is much more common when using computers for long hours, and we tend to blink 50% less when using digital screens. We also tend to: 

  • Have poor posture
  • Look at screens from poor distances and angles
  • Use devices with glare or poor screens

Treating Digital Eye Strain 

Digital eye strain is not a severe eye condition, but it can cause discomfort and affect your quality of life. The best treatment for your symptoms is prevention, and you can do this in various ways: 

  • Remember to blink.
  • Adjust your screen’s contrast and brightness to match the lighting of your room.
  • Move your screen away from incoming sunlight.
  • Use the 20/20/20 rule to rest your eyes. Every 20 minutes, look at something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
  • Adjust your workspace and sitting habits to avoid stress on your body.

Visit Us if You Need Help

If your symptoms persist despite your efforts, please request an appointment with us. Dr. Finlay and the rest of our team can help diagnose the underlying cause of your eye strain. 

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  • 11709 102 Street, Unit 107
  • Grande Prairie, AB T8V 7S6

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