Signs and Symptoms of Digital Eye Strain
Virtually everyone who uses a computer or portable electronic devices for extended periods of time is at risk of digital eye strain. It has little to do with your age or your level of experience with the devices.
Besides the most important risk factor the total amount of time you spend staring at a screen every day other considerations that increase your risk of digital eye strain include:
- How close you sit to your computer screen and how close you hold devices to your eyes.
- The types of activities for which devices are used. (Action games may cause eye fatigue quicker than surfing the Web, texting or reading an e-book.)
- How often you blink.
- How long you stay in front of your screen(s) each session and how many breaks you take.
- Whether you have dry eyes or uncorrected vision problems (astigmatism, for example).
Signs and Symptoms
Common signs and symptoms of digital eye strain (also called computer vision syndrome) include:
- Red, irritated eyes
- Dry eyes
- Intermittent blurred vision when viewing your screen or device
- Blurred distance vision when looking away from your screen or device
- Neck and/or back pain
How can you prevent these problems and reduce the risk of eye damage from digital devices? Read onů
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