Digital Eye Strain Relief in Grayslake

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Find Comfort While Using Your Favorite Devices

Digital device use is at an all-time high. Whether you work on computers, tablets, or phones, at least some part of your day involves a digital device. However, these devices can affect your eye’s comfort with a condition known as digital eye strain.

Are you struggling with digital eye strain? Please, book an appointment with us today and let us help you find the solutions you need!

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What is Digital Eye Strain?

Digital eye strain, despite what the name suggests, is not actually caused by digital devices themselves. Digital eye strain occurs when you focus on something close-up for a long time. We tend to blink less when focusing, which can interrupt reapplication of your natural tear film.

Some common symptoms of eye strain include:

  • Dry eyes
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Watering eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Shoulder and neck pain

Blue Light & Eye Strain: Are They Connected?

Blue light blocking glasses often offer relief from digital eye strain symptoms. However, blue light has more of a connection to sleep deprivation than eye strain. Nearly every device emits some degree of blue light, but the largest source is the sun. Blue light from the sun tells your brain that it’s time to be awake and alert.

Your brain interprets blue light from digital devices the same way, which some studies have shown affects your circadian rhythm and sleep habits.

Managing Digital Eye Strain

Digital eye strain is annoying, but with our team’s help, we’ll find the solutions you need to enjoy comfortable vision. Some of our treatments strategies include:

The 20-20-20 Rule

The 20-20-20 rule is an exercise we recommend to patients struggling with digital eye strain. Every 20 minutes, spend 20 seconds looking at an object about 20 feet away. This gives your eyes a moment to blink and readjust, allowing you to comfortably return to your work.

Eye drops are common for handling digital eye strain symptoms. We can recommend a variety of eye drops to help manage your symptoms. Please always speak to your optometrist before purchasing any over-the-counter products to ensure you’re finding one that matches your needs and health requirements.

Another fantastic way to manage your digital eye symptoms, especially in an office or desk setting, is to adjust your workplace ergonomics. Try:

  • Adjusting your seat level so your monitor is just below your line of sight.
  • Keeping your monitor about an arms-length away when working.
  • Keeping your wrist and elbows at a similar level while you’re working.

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Digital eye strain is annoying and uncomfortable. Get the help you deserve and book your appointment today!

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