As more of the population is on digital devices the majority of the day, they will most likely be experiencing Digital Eye Strain or Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS).  CVS is associated with ocular and visual discomfort from prolonged use of digital devices.  Symptoms of computer vision syndrome include headaches, eyestrain, blurred vision, dry eyes, and shoulder and neck pain.  These symptoms are the result of poor posture, glare from the screen, and staring at the device.  This usually afflicts those that have an office job, but as most professions require screen time to some extent, this will be an issue for the majority of the population.  

There are a number of solutions to alleviate the symptoms from computer vision syndrome.  The first step should be to see your optometrist to get an eye exam and the right prescription for you.  Even though many people don't feel the need to get an eye exam because they see well, at times there can be a minor prescription that will improve up close vision or reduce strain when working on the computer. 

Another consideration for reducing symptoms would be the lens treatments on your glasses.  The glare from the screen can be bothersome and cause strain on the eyes.  Anti-reflective treatment is very efficient in getting rid of the glare and reducing strain.

Most people have heard of blue light.  We will have a more in-depth post about the effects of blue light at a later date.  As far as CVS is concerned, the harshness of the blue light from the screen can also cause the eyes to feel fatigued. For this reason, blue light filtering lenses can help reduce the symptoms.  At NOVA Optique + Eyecare we use DuraVision BlueProtect by Zeiss.

Lastly, you can implement the '20-20-20 Rule' in your daily routine.  Your optometrist may have told you about this rule if you mentioned you are on the computer the majority of the day.  This rule gives your eyes a break while you're on the computer, and how it works is for every 20 minutes you spend on the screen, you should look at something that is 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.  This allows the eyes to relax and not strain like they do when they are fixated on something up close.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, make sure to get an eye exam to make sure computer vision syndrome isn't the source of your symptoms.