Whether we’re working, gaming, browsing, or binge-watching, chances are a day doesn’t go by where we don’t spend a large amount of time staring at a screen. If fact, according to a market research study, people spend more than 11 hours a day interacting with their devices. That’s up from nine and a half hours just four years ago. Whether or not this is excessive is irrelevant because it’s becoming impossible to avoid it. What’s important is that we consider the new and developing eye strain caused by the time we’re spending on screen time.
Digital eye strain can be anything from discomfort after long periods of screen time to headaches and migraines. Some of the symptoms of digital eye strain are as follows:

  • Eye Fatigue
  • Increased Dry Eye
  • Headaches
  • Blurred Vision
  • Neck and Shoulder Pain

These are just the symptoms that impact adults. Children see many of the same issues but also suffer from a reduced attention span, an increase of bad behavior, and irritability. So what can be done?

Eyewear is available with lenses featuring magnification and anti-reflective, blue light-filtering capabilities, as well as select contact lenses, to help reduce the symptoms of digital eye strain.
The best news is that you don’t have to sacrifice lifestyle or finances for function when it comes to eyewear. These specialized lenses can be incorporated into virtually any pair of frames and are available at a variety of price points. You can choose eyewear that complements your style and budget while protecting your eyes at the same time.

Many people are unaware of the fact that such protective lenses even exist and if they are aware, they don’t think it’s necessary. However, there are both short and long term issues that can arise from digital eye strain. Many are also unaware that contact lens options are available as well. Make sure to speak with your eye doctor at your next visit if you’re concerned about eye strain or are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above.