Your Vision and Digital Devices

We spend hours per day on our computers, cell phones and tablets. Here are some things you should keep in mind:

  • A small lens prescription can make a BIG difference:

    • I see many patients who say “I see fine”, when they really have a small prescription.

    • It’s like holding up a can of peas that gets heavier the longer you hold it.  After hours of focusing your eyes can become tired.

  • Blue light effects on your eyes.

    • Computer monitors touchscreens emit more blue wavelengths.

    • This causes eye strain and can affect your sleep cycles (circadian rhythms).

  • Signs and symptoms of digital eye strain.

    • Headaches behind your eyes, in your forehead, or at the base of your neck.

    • Creasing your eyebrows is a sure sign you are straining to focus.

  • Our 20-20-20 Rule

    • Every 20 minutes look at an object 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.

    • This relaxes your focusing  and gives your eyes a break.