Computer Vision Syndrome, also referred to as Digital Eye Strain, describes a group of eye and vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer, tablet, e-reader and cell phone use. Many individuals experience eye discomfort and vision problems when viewing digital screens for extended periods.
Which means if you spend a lot of time focusing on one thing, such as a computer screen or smartphone, your eyes will get tired.
Solution: Try the 20-20-20 rule to reduce eyestrain: every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds.
Why 20 seconds?
It takes about 20 seconds for your eyes to completely relax.
While you’re resting your eyes, it’s also a good idea to get up and grab a drink of water to keep yourself hydrated. If your body is hydrated, your eyes will be as well.
What are the symptoms of eye strain?
Having sore, tired, burning, or itching eyes are the main symptoms of eye strain. Other symptoms include:
- dry eyes
- watery eyes
- blurred vision
- doubled vision
- soreness in the neck, shoulders, or back
- sensitivity to light
- trouble concentrating
- difficulty keeping eyes open
While these symptoms likely point to eye strain, it’s a good idea to report any changes in your vision or eye health to your doctor.