Posted on 11 Apr 2017


Austin eye care experts are often asked about the effect all of your digital devices can have on your vision, if any. The truth is, they can definitely have a negative impact on your vision and more and more people are making appointments at our Austin vision center with symptoms of digital eye strain. Between television, computers at work, tablets, and smartphones, nearly 30 percent of Americans spend ten or more hours every day in front of a digital device. As electronics become cheaper and more versatile that number looks to only increase. With an increased prevalence of digital devices and more screen time comes more cases of digital eye strain.


Some of the symptoms of digital eye strain include blurry vision from screen glare, redness in the eyes, dry eyes, and headaches. These symptoms can range from slight inconveniences to severely disabling. While these symptoms aren’t permanent they can still have great impact, especially during the time of day when computer and electronics usage is at its peak. If you feel you might be suffering from digital eye strain, don’t hesitate to seek vision care in Austin where you can receive consultation and treatment if necessary.


One way an optometrist could help alleviate your eye strain is by suggesting proper ways and times to use your glasses while on the computer or using a mobile device. Digital eye strain is most likely to affect people with pre-existing eye conditions including astigmatism, hyperopia, myopia, and presbyopia. If you have one of these conditions you should look into getting computer specific glasses that will have anti-reflective coating on the lenses. Talking with your eye care professional will help you get set up with the right lenses tailored specifically for your needs.


Although it’s fairly common knowledge that ultraviolet light can damage eyes, people aren’t as aware of the damage that can be caused from the high-energy visible light, or blue light, that is emitted from the screens of smartphones, computer screens, laptops, and more. These rays are capable of penetrating the macular pigment and causing retinal changes. Changes to the structure of the retina can lead to poorer vision. This is especially true if there is excessive exposure to the light. In addition to wearing appropriate glasses when staring at a screen for extended periods of time, it is also important to remember to blink. Blinking is typically a subconscious act but digital devices have been proven to decrease the blink rate, so making a conscious effort to blink while working away on your computer is beneficial.


If you think you may be suffering from digital eye strain and would like the advice of a professional Austin eye care expert, don’t hesitate to reach out to The Center for Vision Development. Call 512-351-7288 to schedule an appointment and make sure that you are doing everything you can to protect your vision even while spending more and more time on digital devices.