Digital Eye Strain: What All You Need To Know?

Tue Jun 7 2022
Digital Eye Strain: What All You Need To Know?

To begin with, tell us: do you know what Digital eye strain is? Well, we can say that it is a collection of eyesight and ocular disorders. Eyes that itch, weep, dry and red are common symptoms. It's possible that your eyes are tired or strained. You could find it challenging to concentrate regularly. Many computers or gadgets used cause these issues. For example, even E-readers and cellphones may potentially contribute to these issues.

Over the last few years, especially in covid era, these issues have become more common. This strain has various other names as well, including digital vision syndrome or computer vision syndrome. You may have some symptoms if you use a computer or digital gadget for an extended time. Most people who use computers or digital devices have symptoms occasionally.

What Can Be The Possible Causes For Digital Eye Strain?

The principal cause of digital eye syndrome is quite apparent from the name itself. It is a fact that reading a printing page is easier than reading something on a digital screen because reading digitally can strain your eyes. Let us now have a look at some of the common causes of digital eye strain: 

  • Bad lighting
  • Sitting in a bad posture while using a PC.
  • Screen glare
  • Not getting treatment for your vision problems
  • Using a computer from a wrong distance

Digital Eye Strain: Its Common Symptoms

When we talk about diseases or health issues, each of them has a separate list of possible symptoms that you might get to witness. Those symptoms play a significant role in letting you know that you might be having a certain problem so that you can take the necessary steps at the right time. Some of the most common symptoms of computer eye syndrome are:

  • Constant tears
  • Unclear vision
  • Headache
  • Reddening of eyes
  • Doubling of vision
  • Eye dryness
  • Discomfort in eyes
  • Itching in eyes
  • Shoulder pain
  • Fatigue in eyes

Generally, these symptoms don't last long and go away once you stop using your computer. But, if you don't take action, the situation may worsen. Always remember that the severity of those symptoms varies from person to person, depending on the time you spend on your computer or other digital devices.

How Is Digital Eye Strain Diagnosed?

Once you see the symptoms mentioned above, you should consider a digital eye strain treatment. A complete eye scan and health records will help your vision care physician determine a diagnosis to treat you further. They'll look to see if any health issues, medications, or environmental factors contribute to your symptoms.

Your eye doctor may examine your eyesight for sharpness and how well your eyes concentrate and operate together. Your physician may enlarge your pupils for a more thorough examination. They will then examine the back of your eye using an instrument called an ophthalmoscope. In rare circumstances, you may require additional blood tests to rule out any health issues contributing to your digital eye strain.

Digital Eye Strain: How Is It Treated?

Digital eye strain can generally be treated by changing your habits related to using digital devices. The digital vision syndrome can be treated by incorporating the following measures:

  • Give your eyes some rest for 10-15 minutes every 2-3 hours.
  • Try to have a bigger font size on your computer and mobiles.
  • Don't sit too focused on the computer. You should rather blink at suitable intervals and remember to look away from your screen for 20-30 seconds after every 20-25 minutes.
  • You can turn the reading mode on while using your mobiles.  
  • Fix your computer at an arm's distance, and don't use your mobile phones too close.
  • Your eye doctor may give you some eye drops.
  • Take medicines as prescribed by your eye physician.
  • Follow the 20-20-20 rule.

Why Choose Centre For Sight?

If you are suffering from digital eye strain or any other eye-related problem, you should consider getting treatment from a good eye care hospital like Centre for Sight. We at CFS have professional and experienced eye doctors who will provide you with positive and satisfactory results. 

We have been known for prioritizing our patients, and that's why we will make you feel at ease. So, please don't deal with your eye problems on your own, let us help you! 


Article: Digital Eye Strain: What All You Need To Know?
Author: CFS Editorial Team   |   Jun 07 2022 | UPDATED 02:05 IST

*The views expressed here are solely those of the author in his private capacity and do not in any way represent the views of Centre for Sight.

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