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Digital Eye Strain in Oshawa, ON

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Relieve the Strain on Your Eyes

As we grow more and more reliant on digital technology, like smartphones, tablets, and computers, Canadians are experiencing the symptoms of digital eye strain.

Digital eye strain, also known as computer vision syndrome, is eye strain caused by extended periods focusing. It’s not the digital screens themselves that are causing the strain, but the stress put on your eyes and body while using digital devices.

Also, uncorrected refractive errors like myopia, hyperopia (farsightedness), or astigmatism can make your eyes work harder, increasing digital eye strain symptoms.

Symptoms of Digital Eye Strain

Symptoms of digital eye strain include:

  • Blurred or double vision
  • Headaches
  • Eye irritation and pain
  • Excessive tearing
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Dry eyes

Please know that these symptoms aren’t specific to digital eye strain. It’s important to see an eye care professional for a thorough eye exam to rule out the possibility of something more serious.

Causes of Digital Eye Strain

Spending more than 2 consecutive hours focusing on a digital screen increases your chances of developing digital eye strain. This is primarily because people tend to:

  • Blink less when focusing on a computer screen.
  • Develop poor posture when working on a computer.
  • Use screens with glare or reflection.
  • Use devices with poor contrast between the text and background.

Give Your Eyes a Break

The easiest method for reducing digital eye strain is to just give your eyes a break. Breaks are not only good for your eye health but your overall health as well.

One way to ensure you are taking proper breaks is to follow the 20-20-20 rule. Take a 20-second break every 20 minutes and look at something at least 20 feet away. This will give you eye muscles the chance to relax as they look at something else.

You can also reduce your chances of developing digital eye strain by setting up your workspace properly. Poor posture while working at a computer can lead to headaches, neck pain, and back pain, worsening eye strain. Ergonomic computer posture can help avoid these issues.

Reducing glare by facing your screen away from windows and bright lights and setting your colour contrast and screen brightness to match your environment will also help reduce eye strain.

If these steps aren’t helping, please call us today and book your comprehensive eye exam to rule out other conditions and help you find comfort from digital eye strain.

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Where to Find Us

You can find us on the corner of Colborne Street and Kaiser Crescent.

Our Address

109 Colborne St W
Oshawa, ON L1G 1L8

Contact Information

Phone: 1 (905) 723-2721
[email protected]

Our Hours

8:30 AM5 PM
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Please note: We Are Closed December 25th, December 26th, & January 1st. Happy Holidays!

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