Digital Eye Strain in Smithfield, RI

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Don’t Let Modern Life Damage Your Eyes

We know most people adore the perks of digital technology. But using computers or cellphones for too long can cause damage to your eyes. Smithfield Eye & Optical is here to help you avoid complications from digital eye strain.

With the right diagnosis and guidance, we can help eliminate eye fatigue from your day to day life. Our eye doctors can teach you weekly habits that will bring down stress on your vision. Let us examine your eyes for signs of digital eye strain and help reduce your discomfort.

Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) is another name for this eye condition that results from long periods in front of a screen. Both names describe the feeling of weak, tired eyes after too much time looking at a computer or cell phone. Whatever you call it, this is an increasingly common concern in this increasingly digital world.

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What is Digital Eye Strain?

Cellphones and computers are part of everyday life. A new report says the average American spends more time viewing digital content than they do sleeping. While this fact does feel astonishing, it makes sense, doesn’t it? But this increased digital consumption can have negative effects on our eyes.

Using Devices All Day Long

Digital eye strain is a condition that results from overexposure to digital screens. This includes laptops, smartphones, tablets, computer monitors, and whatever else you can think of that uses a backlight to display an image. These digital backlit screens demand more work from your eyes and can easily fatigue your vision.

We can diagnose digital eye strain during our comprehensive eye exams. If you feel like your eyes are getting strained or fatigued constantly after computer sessions, it’s time for an eye exam.

This condition, like any other eye condition, is best treated when spotted early. We’ll guide you on how to change your habits to keep your eyes healthy, and discuss the ways to prevent fatigue when you are forced to spend long sessions on a computer.

Recognizing and Reacting

People with vision problems like nearsightedness, presbyopia, and astigmatism are more likely to develop digital eye strain. Being aware that you are suffering from digital eye strain is the first step to conquering fatigue. Schedule regular eye exams so our doctors can manage your vision successfully in this digital age.

The most commonly found symptoms found in people with computer vision syndrome are:

  • Eye fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Blurry Vision
  • Neck pain
  • Dry eyes

If you’re often afflicted by any of these symptoms after prolonged screen time, come see us. We’ll do our absolute best to keep your eyes healthy in the long run.

Let’s Manage the Strain Together

It’s nearly impossible to avoid using digital screens in our everyday life. But the negative effects of these screens can be alleviated. Simple things like adjusting your posture, taking breaks, and minimizing glare on screens can do wonders for your eye health.

If you are constantly spending a long time staring at your computer screens, try to:

  • Blink often
  • Position your computer screen to minimize glare
  • Take breaks
  • Adjust your seating position; your feet should be flat on the floor and your screen should be at arm’s length
  • Avoid sitting too close to your computer monitor

The 20-20-20 rule is so important that it deserves special mention. Whenever you’re using a computer, try to keep this strategy in mind:

Every 20 minutes take a 20-second break to look at something 20 feet away. The simple act of taking a small break and looking away from your computer screen gives your eyes a much-needed rest. Try it!

While digital eye strain can have many negative effects on your daily life, it’s a very manageable condition.

Come see us if you think you’re suffering from any symptoms after digital screen use. If we do diagnose you with digital eye strain, don’t worry. We’ll guide you at every step of the way on how to better adapt your routine to your eye care needs.

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