We are surrounded with electronic screens most of the time. There are a few eye problems that stem from the prolonged usage of computers, tablets, cell phones and other digital screens. Visual discomfort and vision problems have increased with the increase in the use of digital screens. Most common symptoms of digital eye strain include:
Effect on Adults
While some people experience these symptoms temporarily and will see a decline in the symptoms with the reduction of screen usage, others have more permanent eye issues. Problems such as continued reduced visual ability and blurred vision may occur even when they are away from the screen.
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Effect on Children
Prolonged screen time affects children more than adults as they are still growing and developing. Eye fatigue and reduced attention span is more common among other symptoms in children. Read the position paper from the Canadian Association of Optometrists on the electronic screen time recommended for children under 12 years of age.
To reduce the risk of digital eye strain, you could:
Based on you or your child’s digital usage habits, our optometrists can recommend solutions to reduce the effects of digital eye strain. Computer glasses as well as blue light filters that can be applied to prescription and non-prescription glasses can help.