Our Eyes in The Digital Era

Digital devices have become a necessary and integral part of our lives. We use them at work, home and at school. They even live in our pockets. We’re constantly texting, researching, working, and social media-ing on our smartphones. Many of us have replaced traditional books with them, opting for tablets like iPads and Kindles instead. According to The Vision Council, an independent group eye doctors, the average American now spends 7.5 hours in front of a screen every day and nearly 50% of all Americans have jobs that require prolonged computer use.

Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), also referred to as Digital Eye Strain (DES), describes a group of eye and vision-related problems that result from prolonged use of digital devices. Many individuals experience eye discomfort and vision problems when viewing digital screens for extended periods. The level of discomfort appears to increase with the amount of digital screen use.

 

DES Symptoms include:

 

 

Two of the main culprits behind DES are blue Light and glare. These byproducts of digital devices can contribute to many of the aforementioned symptoms. Prevention or reduction of these vision problems involves taking certain steps to control lighting and glare on the device screen. Luckily, DES is not a permanent vision issue. By following some or all of Dr. Patel’s recommendations below, you should rid your problem in no time!

 

Dr. Patel’s Recommendations

Learn the 20-20-20 rule.

Get routine eye exams.

Use proper eyewear.  

Modify you workstation.

Remember to blink.

Author
Dr. Vishal Patel Trained in anatomy, biochemistry, and physiology, Dr. Patel has the expertise necessary to recognize a range of health issues, including glaucoma, macular degeneration, dry eyes, diabetes, and hypertension. His office, equipped with the latest technology, allows him to give the best care to his patients. He also keeps himself informed of the most recent advances in eye health and vision care through conferences, seminars, and advanced training courses.

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