Digital Eye Fatigue

Jennifer Hoang, O.D. -  - Optometry

Eyes On Hartz Optometry

Jennifer Hoang, O.D.

Optometry located in Danville, CA

With the abundance of screen time in your life, between smartphones, laptops, tablets, and everything in between, digital eye fatigue is a serious issue. At Eyes on Hartz Optometry in Danville, California, you can get a thorough digital eye fatigue evaluation with a caring optometrist. Book your eye exam by requesting an appointment online, or by calling the office.

Digital Eye Fatigue Q & A

What causes digital eye fatigue?

Digital eye fatigue or strain is the result of the constant exposure to screen time. One of the biggest concerns that stems from staring at your computer screen for hours on end is that you probably don’t blink as much as you should, which can lead to strain and dry eye.

And you also might not realize the potential negative consequences of the blue light rays that are given off by your smartphone, computer, tablet, television, and similar electronic devices. Blue light rays have shorter wavelengths, thus more energy, compared with light rays on the red end of the spectrum.

This constant exposure to blue light can increase your risk of developing serious eye diseases, including macular degeneration. You can also experience digital eye fatigue due to:

  • Straining to see in dim lighting
  • Exposure to screen glare
  • Long periods of focus or concentration

If you have regular headaches, dry eyes, irritated eyes, or blurred or double vision, it’s time to schedule an eye exam and get started on treatment for digital eye fatigue.

How is digital eye fatigue treated?

Your optometrist at Eyes on Hartz Optometry carefully evaluates your symptoms and your lifestyle to determine the best possible treatment solutions for your needs. Many men and women find that wearing specialized blue light protection eyeglasses dramatically improves their symptoms. You may also benefit from:

  • Lubricating eye drops
  • Tear-stimulating medication
  • Moisture-retaining contact lenses

Your optometrist can also counsel you on various steps you can take to decrease further digital eye fatigue issues.

Can I prevent digital eye fatigue?

While you might not be able to prevent every digital eye fatigue symptom, there are several things you can do to make your eyes more comfortable. For instance, Eyes on Hartz Optometry recommends looking at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds, every 20 minutes, just to give your eyes a break during your busy workday. You can also:

  • Make sure you blink regularly
  • Place your monitor 24 inches away at a 15° angle
  • Schedule regular eye exams to ensure your prescription is current

Eyes on Hartz Optometry can help you find relief from uncomfortable digital eye fatigue symptoms, so you can start feeling better and being more productive.

Learn more about how Eyes on Hartz Optometry can help you with digital eye fatigue by booking an eye exam. Schedule your visit online or over the phone.