Digital Eye Strain in British Columbia

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Navigating a Digital World

Smartphones, laptops, television screens, and many other digital devices have become commonplace in today’s world. Many Canadians will likely say they spend the better part of every day staring at a digital screen, whether for work or leisure. However, the more time we spend on digital devices, the harder our eyes have to work.

Digital devices have made our lives easier in many different ways. It is crucial to realize what effect they have on our eyes and what we can do to stay healthy.

At Northern Vision Care, we can help you build healthy digital usage habits. If you are interested, please give us a call or fill out our online form to book your appointment today!

What is Digital Eye Strain?

Spending too much time in front of a digital screen can make your eyes and body feel tired and sore. Even with perfect vision, digital screens can eventually give you a headache if you use them for too long!

When you begin to feel tired and uncomfortable after working at a computer, you may be experiencing digital eye strain. Uncorrected refractive errors, like hyperopia, can exacerbate symptoms due to your eyes working even harder than they need to. Wearing the right corrective eyewear coupled with good digital device usage habits can help keep digital eye strain at bay.

Some of the most common symptoms of digital eye strain include:

Sore, tired, burning, or itching eyes
Overly watery or dry eyes
Blurred or double vision
Headache
Sore neck, shoulders, or upper back
Increased sensitivity to light
Difficulty concentrating
Difficulty keeping your eyes open

Preventing Digital Eye Strain

Symptoms of digital eye strain can be uncomfortable and may even make finishing a long workday tedious. However, as unpleasant as it may be, it is generally not serious. One of the best ways to prevent digital eye strain is to give your eyes regular breaks from the screen.

Other tips to prevent digital eye strain include:

  • Create a comfortable workspace where any screen is around an arm’s length away from your eyes, angled slightly downward.
  • Adjust your screen’s brightness and contrast to match your surroundings.
  • Adjust your workspace so any screens do not reflect any glare from windows or lights.
  • Sit with your back straight and your feet flat on the ground.
  • Remember to blink!
  • Attend regular eye exams to monitor your ocular health and treat any visual problems.
  • Use the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break to focus on something 20 feet away.

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If you are experiencing digital eye strain symptoms and would like to discuss your options, please give us a call or fill out our online form to book your appointment today!

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9808-101st Avenue
Fort St. John, BC V1J 2B2

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1017-103rd Avenue
Dawson Creek, BC V1G 2G6

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Monday
9 AM5 PM
Tuesday
9 AM5 PM
Wednesday
9 AM5 PM
Thursday
9 AM5 PM
Friday
10 AM2 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

*Closed from 12 pm to 1 pm daily. Except on Friday’s.

Contact Information

Address

9808-101st Avenue
Fort St. John, BC V1J 2B2

Our Hours

Monday
8 AM5:30 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5:30 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5:30 PM
Thursday
8 AM5:30 PM
Friday
8 AM5:30 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Contact Information

Address

1017-103rd Avenue
Dawson Creek, BC V1G 2G6

Our Hours

Monday
9 AM5 PM
Tuesday
9 AM5 PM
Wednesday
9 AM5 PM
Thursday
9 AM5 PM
Friday
10 AM2 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

*Closed from 12 pm to 1 pm daily. Except on Friday’s.

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