The New Age of Technology Could be Detrimental to Your Eyes

Eye Exams Chester, NJWe have become increasingly reliant on digital devices in recent years. In the last 12 months, this reliance has skyrocketed. With hundreds of thousands of people now working from home and millions of children taking online classes, we’re facing a whole new era in technology. In addition to our necessary computer use, we have also increased our time on social media. According to one study, Americans spent 61% more time on social media in 2020 than in the previous year. What this tells us as your friendly eye service center is that we must understand how computer use and other technologies could affect the eyes.

Computer Vision Syndrome, It’s a Real Thing

Computer vision syndrome sounds ominous. We also refer to it as digital eye strain. While the condition is not currently a major concern in terms of long-term eye health and vision, it is concerning in terms of effect. According to statistics, no less than half of all people who use computers regularly may experience computer vision syndrome. As much as 90% of users may experience the uncomfortable symptoms of this condition, which results from a few critical factors.

Computer vision syndrome may not be a direct threat to vision. People do not lose their vision because of it. However, it can cause ongoing, frustrating symptoms such as:

  • Dryness and itching
  • Excessive tearing
  • Eye pain and aching
  • Eye twitching
  • Blurriness
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Light sensitivity
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Headaches

Managing Your Risk of Computer Vision Syndrome

To avoid the uncomfortable symptoms of digital eye strain, we recommend the following:

  • Make a 20-20-20 habit. Every 20 minutes, look away from your computer. Close your eyes for about 20 seconds and then look about 20 feet away before returning your gaze to your computer or other digital devices.
  • Adjust the lighting on your screens. You may need to do this often depending on how often you change locations and the lighting of those locations.
  • Use blue-light protectors. Some people wear eyeglasses that filter out blue light. Some people place blue-light protectors over their screens. Both options work well to protect the eyes from the degrading effects of the blue light in digital devices.

Computer use should be handled with care because it cannot be avoided altogether. In addition to implementing good technology habits, it is also necessary to see your eye doctor regularly. To schedule your visit with us, call our Chester, NJ office at 908.879.7297.

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