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Digital Eye Strain From Computers - Opticare Vision Center - Newport, Kentucky

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Drs. Josiah Young and Keith Sellers Share Five Simple Steps to Relieve Digital Eye Strain at Work

The average U.S. worker spends seven hours a day on the computer either in the office or working from home and the American Optometric Association’s (AOA) 2015 American Eye-Q® survey reports that 58 percent of adults have experienced digital eye strain or vision problems as a direct result.

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Symptoms of digital eye strain, also known as computer vision syndrome, include eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes and neck and shoulder pain. The AOA recognizes the need to address this issue, with March being "Save Your Vision Month."

The five tips below can be easily implemented in most office spaces:

Follow the 20-20-20 rule: Take a 20-second break, every 20 minutes and view something 20 feet away.

Keep a distance: The AOA recommends sitting a comfortable distance from the computer monitor where you can easily read all text with your head and torso in an upright posture and your back supported by your chair. Generally, the preferred viewing distance is between 20 and 28 inches from the eye to the front surface of the screen.

View from a different angle: Ideally, the computer screen should be 15 to 20 degrees, or about 4 to 5 inches, below eye level as measured from the center of the screen.

Decrease glare: While there is no way to completely minimize glare from light sources, consider using a glare filter. These filters decrease the amount of light reflected from the screen. If possible, try to position your monitor away from window reflections.

Blink often: Minimize your chances of developing dry eyes when using a computer by making an effort to blink frequently. 

“As more people work on computers and spend their free time on smartphones and tablets, we are seeing more patients who experience digital eye strain,” said Dr. Sellers.

“You expect this for adults in the workforce. But because of the use of laptops and iPads in schools, now we’re seeing kids complaining that their eyes bother them,” added Dr. Young. “The problem can be relieved by taking simple steps. Just looking away from the computer for brief periods of time throughout the day can help with discomfort and long term eye problems.” 

If that doesn’t provide relief, the doctors suggest that you may need some type of vision correction to relieve your symptoms.

Additional findings on technology and eye health from the AOA Eye-Q Survey: 
59 percent of those surveyed responded that desktop computers and laptops were the device that bothered them most. Mobile phones were second at 26 percent, followed by tablets at 8 percent.

61 percent of people surveyed admit to using multiple digital devices at the same time.

56 percent responded that their primary use for digital devices is entertainment (reading, watching movies or shows, video games).

76 percent of people know that blue light from digital devices affects vision.

If you think you are or your child is experiencing digital eye strain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Young or Dr. Sellers at Opticare Vision Center by going to or call 859-491-1010.

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