March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month and this month, we’re addressing a serious eye problem that plagues millions: digital eyestrain. Digital-related eyestrain, though temporary, is serious. While it may not necessitate a trip to the hospital or cause permanent damage, it does cause painful and productivity-hindering side effects like migraines or blurry vision. According to research published in BMJ Ophthalmology, an astounding 65% of adults report having symptoms of digital eyestrain from electronic usage. Because the modern world all but requires the use of digital technology, it is crucial to learn good digital habits that can help mitigate the unpleasant symptoms of this 21stcentury eye problem.
What is digital eyestrain?
Digital eyestrain occurs when eyes become tired, painful, or dry from overextended periods of working at desktop computers. On average, people blink about a third less while doing very close focusing like reading or computer work, which can lead to eyes feeling dry and uncomfortable. While the effects of eyestrain subside naturally, they can be immensely uncomfortable and inhibit productivity. Rather than suffering needlessly, people can proactively prevent symptoms by adhering to the following tips:
While electronic usage is a necessity in this modern age, if you make appropriate changes to your work habits, your eyes will thank you. If you want further advice, need to discuss eye treatment options, or are ready to schedule an appointment, call us at (518) 475-1515. Our team at Cornea Consultants of Albany is happy to answer any questions you may have about digital eyestrain, vision, and overall eye health.