Digital Eye Strain a Growing Epidemic Caused by a Digital Life.
Australians are leading world consumers of tablets, smartphones and computers, with 80% now owning and using a smartphone. Collectively, we look at our smartphones more than 440 million times a day and 75% of us regularly engage in multi-tasking across multiple screens and devices.
Digital has become an inseparable part of everything we do. It has changed the way we work, learn, shop, socialise and relax; however, our eyes are not accustomed to the changes of the modern life and it is causing a real strain on many of us. The proliferation of devices and growing usage rates creates the question; how will our vision adapt?
In response, Beckenham Optometrist is launching a local campaign to create awareness in the community that Digital Eye Strain can be at the root of strained eyes, neck and shoulder pain as well as headaches – and that there are simple solutions to ease the strain.
Digital Eye Strain is the physical eye discomfort felt by as many as 65% of individuals after two or more hours in front of a digital screen. Those using two or more devices simultaneously are at higher risk.
What Are the Symptoms of Digital Eye Strain?
- Neck, shoulder and back pain
- Eye Strain
- Blurred Vision
- Dry Eyes
Why does Digital Eye Strain Occur?
- Our eyes are focusing more intensively, switching frequently between devices and adjusting to increasingly smaller, pixelated and glowing screens
- Digital devices are backlit and emit blue-violet light that can cause strain and discomfort and is linked to disrupted sleeping patterns
- The normal blinking rate is often reduced from 17 or more blinks a minute to 8-10 blinks, reducing tear production, making your eyes feel dry and uncomfortable
- Our posture has changed as we lean toward our screens and/or slouch in our chairs, putting a strain on the neck and back.
As part of the “Digital Eye Strain” campaign Beckenham Optometrist is urging people, regardless of whether they currently wear glasses, to take the time and recognise whether they have Digital Eye Strain symptoms. Understanding the impact of digital device usage on an individual’s eyes is one aspect that Optometrists, will discuss with you as part of the practice’s thorough 360° comprehensive eye consultation.