Do you spend lots of time on your computer, smart phone, tablet, or e-reader? Do you ever experience eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes, or neck and shoulder pain?
If your answer is yes to any of these, you may be experiencing Computer Vision Syndrome, sometimes referred to as Digital Eye Strain.
Most of these complaints will alleviate shortly after work on digital devices stops, but some symptoms will continue and even worsen over time.
Viewing a computer or digital screen is different from reading a printed page. We tend to view handheld devices at different distances and angles, letters may not be as precise, contrast of the letters compared to the background may be reduced, and there may be glare or reflections.
Many things can be done to make users more comfortable with handheld digital devices. The first step is usually to schedule an eye exam to correct any minor vision problems that may contribute to visual discomfort. Your eye doctor will discuss ways to help you control lighting and glare and also help you establish proper working distances and posture to ease discomfort.
The American Optometric Association recommends the 20/20/20 Rule to minimize Digital Eye Strain. You should take a 20 second break every 20 minutes and during your break, look at something 20 feet away to relax your eyes.