Digital Eye Strain

Digital eye strain, also know as computer vision syndrome, describes a group of eye- and vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer, tablet, e-reader and cell phone use.

The average American worker spends seven hours a day on the computer either in the office or working from home.

The most common symptoms associated with digital eyestrain are:

  • Eyestrain.

  • Headaches.

  • Blurred vision.

  • Dry eyes.

  • Neck and shoulder pain.


Treatment includes
To help alleviate digital eyestrain, follow the 20-20-20 rule; take a 20-second break to view something 20 feet away every 20 minutes.

Lenses prescribed to meet the unique visual demands of computer viewing may be needed. Special lens designs, lens powers or lens tints or coatings may help to maximize visual abilities and comfort.

Proper body positioning for computer use

  • Most people find it more comfortable to view a computer when the eyes are looking downward. Optimally, the computer screen should be 15 to 20 degrees below eye level (about 4 or 5 inches) as measured from the center of the screen and 20 to 28 inches from the eyes.

  • Position the computer screen to avoid glare, particularly from overhead lighting or windows

  • To minimize the chances of developing dry eye when using a computer, try to blink frequently.

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