Digital eye strain currently affects more than half of America’s adults. It’s not surprising, considering many of us stare at a computer screen all day at work then leave the office and do the same thing at home. The symptoms of digital eye strain shouldn’t be ignored but neither is it always possible to limit exposure to computer screens. So what is digital eye strain and how can you fight it and still look cute?
What is Digital Eye Strain?
Simply put, digital eye strain (also known as computer vision syndrome) refers to any negative symptom you experience after spending two or more hours looking at a digital screen. The strain is the result of repetitive motion. Performing the same physical movement over and over again can result in sore muscles. In the same way, forcing our eyes to follow the same path around our screens all day can be damaging.
Excessive exposure to blue light emitted from digital screens also forces the eyes to work harder than normal and can lead to strain symptoms. These symptoms include blurred vision, headaches, dry eyes and neck pain. Blue light is also proven to affect the body’s melatonin levels, the hormone that affects our sleep-wake cycles. If you frequently spend time staring at screens before bed then struggle to drop off, digital eye strain might be the answer.
How Can You Fight Digital Eye Strain?
To fight digital eye strain, optometrists recommend adopting the 20-20-20 rule. This means taking a break from your screen every 20 minutes to look 20 feet into the distance for 20 seconds. This break effectively resets your eyes, giving the near focusing muscles a rest and the distance focusing muscles a quick work out. Alongside the 20-20-20 rule, the best way to fight digital eye strain is to wear the right vision correction. If you haven’t had an eye test in the last two years you’re overdue. And if you regularly use a computer screen and have noticed symptoms of digital eye strain, you’re long overdue.
An eye test will tell you the exact vision correction you currently need. Your optometrist can even cater your prescription to make computer work a little easier on your eyes. If you love your current frames, such as ray ban for example, don’t worry. You can keep your frames and replace your lenses using a service like that offered by The Sunglass Fix.
Blue Light-Filtering Glasses That Are Actually Cute
Before now, if you wanted to go a step further in your quest to banish digital eye strain, you would have had to invest in a pair of computer glasses. Computer glasses used to come with a seriously uncool yellow tint and black plastic frames, eg the Uvex frames covered in the New Yorker. Now there are a number of fashionable computer glasses on the market that filter blue screen light but look as sleek as the latest designer frames.
Buying blue light-filtering glasses online couldn’t be simpler. Providing you have an up to date prescription, including measurements, you can input your figures and you’re good to go. The best online glasses retailers send frames to your door and let you try them on before committing to a purchase. Send the frames that don’t look quite right back and keep only the ones you love. If, down the line, your prescription changes or your lenses get damaged, use a lens service to replace them. Easy!