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From phones to laptops and tablets to smartwatches, we – and our eyes – are constantly viewing some type of screen. This is likely what causes our eyes to get strained by the time each day ends. According to the Vision Council, 80 percent of adults watch a digital screen for more than two hours a day. And nearly two-thirds of them suffer from symptoms of digital eye strain. Consider the ways you can recognize these symptoms and how to overcome the mistakes that cause digital eye strain.
Digital devices are especially challenging as it causes eye strain. This is attributed to the fact that people tend to blink less often when staring at them. In turn, your eyes become dry as they aren't getting the moisture needed. Additionally, a screen that's too near or far away, or even the glare from a window can be detrimental.
Symptoms of Eye Strain
To start, know the signs of an eye strain. According to the Mayo Clinic, here's a list of common symptoms:
Common Mistakes That Lead to Eye Strain
Getting rid of your phone, tablet or laptop, or smartwatch isn't practical when it comes to treating or preventing eye strain. However, there is good news. It's not serious and may probably disappear when you give your eyes a break. Nonetheless, a continued strain may lead to a more serious problem and likely need a doctor's care. Here are some common mistakes to avoid to keep your eyes rested:
By avoiding these common mistakes, you can better manage eye strain experienced from too much screen time. However, if you are experiencing persistent strain, it is recommended that you schedule a comprehensive eye exam. Think about your screen habits as you will be asked to describe them, including how far your eyes are from the screen, by the eye care professional.