Digital Eye Strain Management in Toronto

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What Is Digital Eye Strain?

If you find yourself looking at screens for many hours, you may experience symptoms of digital eye strain. Digital eye strain, also known as computer vision syndrome, can occur when you look at a digital screen such as a phone or computer for a long period of time, which can cause strain on eye focus and movement.

Many of our student patients spend a great deal of time in front of a computer screen, which can lead to digital eye strain and, in turn, dry eyes.

This can happen because viewing a digital screen puts additional stress on your eyes. There tends to be more contrast, blur, or glare on a digital screen, which our eyes can take longer to adjust to, and screens can interrupt our natural blink rhythm, leading to dry eyes.  

If you feel you may be experiencing digital eye strain or dry eyes, give our office a call and book an eye exam.

Symptoms of Digital Eye Strain

Think you may be experiencing digital eye strain? Here are some common symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Blurry Vision
  • Dry Eyes
  • Tired Eyes
  • Red Eyes
  • Neck & shoulder pain

If you have any combination of these symptoms and spend over 2 hours at a time on your digital screen, you may be experiencing digital eye strain. 

We are here to help. Book an appointment to have our optometrists examine your eyes.

Management Methods

Digital eye strain can make working on digital devices an uncomfortable experience. There are a few different methods of management that can help to alleviate digital eye strain symptoms in your everyday life.

Visiting your optometrist for a comprehensive eye exam can help you find out if you are experiencing digital eye strain or have eye conditions that may make it more likely. Treatment for digital eye strain can include prescription glasses or contact lenses designed for computer use.

When you know you will be looking at your screen for an extended period of time, try implementing the 20-20-20 rule—every 20 minutes look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Taking short and frequent breaks using this guideline can help to give your eyes some relief.

Your workspace can have an effect on your eyes as well. To help with digital eye strain, make sure your monitor is about 15 to 20 degrees below your eye level and 20 to 30 inches away from your eyes. Having proper lighting and an anti-glare screen can help you avoid eye strain as well.

Contact Us for Digital Eye Strain Solutions

Our digital devices are a part of many of our everyday lives, but you don’t have to suffer discomfort while you use them. Contact our office and let’s talk about solutions for digital eye strain.

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Located directly on the northwest corner of Yonge & College in downtown Toronto, a short walk from the College St. TTC station.

  • 6 College Street
  • Toronto, ON M5G 1K3

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  • Monday: 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

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