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Digital eye strain is a condition that occurs when the eyes are overused. It is often caused by prolonged use of digital devices, such as computers, tablets, and smartphones. Symptoms of digital eye strain can include:

  • Blurred vision

  • Eye fatigue

  • Headaches

  • Neck pain

  • Shoulder pain

  • Dry eyes

  • Irritation

  • Redness

  • Sensitivity to light

There are a number of lens options that can help to reduce the symptoms of digital eye strain. These include:

  • Single vision lenses: Single vision lenses are the most common type of lens. They correct for nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. Single vision lenses can be coated with a blue light filter, which can help to reduce the amount of blue light that is emitted from digital devices.

  • Progressive lenses: Progressive lenses are a type of multifocal lens that corrects for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. They provide clear vision at all distances, including near, intermediate, and far. Progressive lenses can be coated with a blue light filter.

  • Computer glasses: Computer glasses are a type of lens that is specifically designed to reduce the symptoms of digital eye strain. They typically have a blue light filter and a slightly different prescription than regular glasses. Computer glasses can be single vision or progressive.

  • Anti-reflective (AR) lenses: AR lenses reduce glare and reflections, which can help to improve vision and reduce eye strain. AR lenses can be applied to any type of lens.

If you are experiencing symptoms of digital eye strain, it is important to see an eye doctor. They can diagnose the condition and recommend the best treatment for you. Call us at Bell Vision to schedule an appointment today. 

Here are some additional tips for preventing digital eye strain:

  • Position your screen at eye level: This will help to reduce the amount of eye strain caused by looking up or down at your screen.

  • Take breaks every 20 minutes: Look away from your screen and focus on something in the distance for 20 seconds. This will help to give your eyes a break from the constant focus required for digital devices.

  • Blink regularly: Blinking helps to keep your eyes moist. When you're focused on a screen, you may blink less often, which can lead to dry eyes.

  • Drink plenty of fluids: Staying hydrated helps to keep your eyes moist.

  • Get regular exercise: Exercise helps to improve blood flow to the eyes, which can help to reduce eye strain.

  • Get enough sleep: When you're well-rested, your eyes are better able to handle the strain of digital devices.

  • See an eye doctor regularly: Even if you don't have any symptoms, it's important to see an eye doctor for regular checkups. This is especially important if you spend a lot of time using digital devices.

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