Digital Eye Strain in Alberta

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Eye Pain & Fatigue: Symptoms of a Modern Age

Did you know that the average Canadian spends nearly 11 hours a day looking at a digital device? From smartphones to tablets to TVs, these devices lead to eye fatigue and discomfort known as digital eye strain.

Despite the name, digital eye strain isn’t actually caused by the devices themselves. Instead, eye strain, whether digitally related or not, is caused by intense eye use. Some of the most common causes of eye strain include reading, writing, driving, and, of course, using digital devices.

Digital screens exacerbate eye strain because people tend to:

  • Blink less while using computers.
  • Use less than ideal posture and angles when on computers.
  • Use screens with glare or reflection.
  • Use devices with low contrast between text and background.

Digital eye strain symptoms can also be intensified by uncorrected eye problems like a muscle imbalance or refractive error.

We can help alleviate the symptoms of digital eye strain!

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Common Symptoms of Eye Strain

Symptoms of eye strain include:

  • Headaches
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Back pain
  • Eye pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Difficulty focusing

What Can You Do to Prevent Digital Eye Strain?

There are a few easy changes you can make to your daily routines to reduce the strain on your eyes while using digital devices:

Some optometrists recommend using the 20-20-20 rule to give your eyes a much-needed break. Every 20 minutes, look at something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

The Resting Point of Accommodation (RPA) is the distance from an object that your eyes need to focus comfortably. 15 to 27 inches is usually sufficient to provide comfort for most users.

Computer glasses are specifically designed to assist your eyes with viewing content on screens. These glasses also come with anti-reflective (AR) coating to reduce the glare on digital screens.

Other task-specific glasses are available to help your eyes focus at varying distances, like playing the piano or shooting. Please ask our doctors or staff about specialty glasses when you visit our clinic.

We recommend heavy computer users undergo regular eye exams, including children. Eye exams will uncover underlying eye problems that exacerbate digital eye strain.

Minimize glare by dimming the lights in your office, possible. Excessively bright light exacerbates digital eye strain.

Position your computer screen away from bright light sources, such as windows. Reflections on digital screens can contribute to eye strain.

Adjust your colour and contrast tones to suit your eyes and surroundings.

Should I Worry About Digital Eye Strain?

Fortunately, digital eye strain doesn’t lead to long-term consequences. However, when it comes to your overall eye health, it’s important to be proactive. If you are experiencing digital eye strain symptoms, we recommend making the necessary changes to reduce demand on your eyes. Then call us to book an eye exam to rule out underlying problems.

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St. Paul

You can find us on 51st Avenue, next to the Fire Hall and the Sunglass Cove.

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4916 51 Avenue
St. Paul, AB T0A 3A0

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Thursday
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Bonnyville

Find us on the corner of Main & 52nd Street, across from Westline Autowash.

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5201 50 Avenue
Bonnyville, AB T9N 2G6

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Office Hours

Monday
8 AM8 PM
Tuesday
8 AM8 PM
Wednesday
8 AM8 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
8 AM2 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

You can find us on 51st Avenue, next to the Fire Hall and the Sunglass Cove.

Contact Information

Address

4916 51 Avenue
St. Paul, AB T0A 3A0

Office Hours

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM8 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
8 AM2 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Find us on the corner of Main & 52nd Street, across from Westline Autowash.

Contact Information

Address

5201 50 Avenue
Bonnyville, AB T9N 2G6

Office Hours

Monday
8 AM8 PM
Tuesday
8 AM8 PM
Wednesday
8 AM8 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
8 AM2 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

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