Digital Eye Strain

Is Blue Light Harmful to the Eyes?

Modern technology has enhanced our lives with digital devices. Your eyes are looking at a pixelated image that alternates on flickers multiple times per second. It is harder for your visual system to maintain a sharp focus on an electronic image compared to a hard image.

Digital eyestrain occurs when you do not blink frequently. Decreased blinking disrupts the tear film that protects the eye’s surface. Symptoms include burning and dryness.

In addition, blue light has been linked to damage to the macula, that can eventually cause macular degeneration. Protective lens coating such as that from Recharge is now available to block harmful blue light from entering the eye. Please ask for more information.

It is important to use the 20/20/20 rule to minimize digital eyestrain. For every 20 minutes of digital device use, look away for 20 seconds focusing on something at least 20 feet away.

Relax Your Eyes Before Bedtime

Turn off all devices 1-2 hours before going to bed

A dimly lit environment helps the body naturally produce melatonin