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Digital Eye Strain: A Growing Side Effect of Eye Fatigue

Today, most people use digital devices with screens daily. However, improper use of these devices may cause a condition known as digital eye strain.

Digital eye strain occurs most often in people who spend long periods in front of digital displays. Exposure to high-energy visible light (or HEV) can also be a factor. Symptoms of digital eye strain include:

  • Headaches
  • Blurry vision
  • Dry or irritated eyes
  • Tired eyes

An estimated 65% of Canadians experience some degree of digital eye strain.

More Information About Digital Eye Strain

High-energy visible light (HEV) exists in the 380nm to 500nm range of the light spectrum. It is close to ultraviolet (UV) light, which ranges from 100nm to 380nm. UV light tans skin and is linked to the development of several eye diseases.

The muscles that focus your eyes also work harder when you focus on nearby objects. These muscles are not meant to work for extended periods and can become fatigued when we overuse them.

Following the 20-20-20 rule when using a digital device can greatly reduce the symptoms of digital eye strain. The rule is simple: look at something at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds every 20 minutes. This can “reset” the muscles that focus your eyes and help offset the effects of digital eye strain.

Software that filters blue light from the display is also available for many devices. We recommend installing this software on your phones and computers.

Another great way to help manage the symptoms of digital eye strain is to use a separate set of computer glasses whenever you are working on a digital device for an extended period. We can also offer you a set of anti-fatigue lenses matched to your prescription to help curb the effects of eye strain.
While computer glasses might be best for computer work specifically, anti-fatigue lenses can help correct your vision at a variety of distances, providing you with clear vision all day long.

Both of these options are available for patients, and an eye exam will help our team determine which option is right for you.

Are You Suffering From Digital Eye Strain?

We can help relieve digital eye strain symptoms. Request an appointment to schedule an exam at your convenience.

Where Can You Find Us?

You can find us in the River East Plaza, between Safeway and Booster Juice, and across from Tim Hortons. We have plenty of parking available on-site.

Our Address

Unit 1B – 1439 Henderson Hwy
Winnipeg, MB R2G 1N3

Contact Information

Phone: (204) 809-4322
Fax: (204) 339-1272
[email protected]

Hours of Operation

Monday
8:30 AM5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM5:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM7 PM
Friday
9 AM4:30 PM
Saturday
9 AM3 PM
Sunday
Closed

*Please note we are CLOSED on Saturdays of long weekends and for the months of July and August.

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