A recent study found that Americans spend more than 10 hours a day staring at a screen, and the effects are only beginning to reveal themselves. From spinal issues to eye fatigue, this abundance of screen time may be doing a number on your health. When it comes to eye fatigue, Sophie K. Dao, OD, has considerable experience helping her patients in Milpitas, California, offset the effects of tired eyes. If you’re worried about your eyes, call or book an appointment online for help.
Eye Fatigue Q & A
What is eye fatigue?
Tired eyes, eye fatigue, eye strain -- each of these is a different name for an increasingly common condition thanks to the digital age. As Americans spend more time staring at screens of all types, from handheld mobile devices to the TV at home, their eyes are feeling the effects in myriad ways.
Your eyes are meant to move around, refocusing on objects at varying distances. When you spend hours in front of a screen, your eyes are forced into focusing on one object for prolonged periods with no rest. This creates strain on your eyes, leading to eye fatigue.
What are the symptoms of eyestrain?
The most common symptoms of eyestrain include:
- Sore or tired eyes
- Excessively watery eyes
- Dry eyes
- Headaches, as well as neck and shoulder pain
- Sensitivity to light
What causes eye fatigue?
There are several things that can go wrong when you’re staring at a screen too much. For starters, extended screen use interferes with your amount of blinking. In order to keep your eyes properly hydrated and nourished, you should blink around 22 times a minute. When you’re staring at a screen, this number falls, on average, to just seven. When you don’t blink, your tears evaporate quickly, which leads to dry eye.
As well, your eyes become fatigued by the intense focus of your vision, as well as the glare or reflection that come off of the screens in front of you.
How is eye fatigue treated?
While eye strain or eye fatigue isn’t associated with any long-term consequences on your vision, it can still have a major impact on how you function, especially if your job involves a lot of computer use.
Dr. Dao works with you to mitigate eye fatigue by following a few simple recommendations that include:
- Changing the height of your computer
- Changing the brightness settings
- Exercising your eyes every 20 minutes
- Tricks to encourage more blinking
- Correcting your posture
Dr. Dao provides you with a comprehensive plan that protects your eyes from the screen strain.
To combat digital eyestrain, call Sophie K. Dao, OD, or schedule a consultation using the online booking tool.