Digital Eye Strain in New Brunswick

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There’s a Solution for Digital Eye Strain

Did you know that the average Canadian says they spend nearly 11 hours a day looking at digital screens? Between computers, smartphones, tablets, and TVs, we are surrounded by digital technology.

However, prolonged focusing on screens has led to an increase in eye strain, dubbed digital eye strain because of its association with digital devices.

Symptoms of Digital Eye Strain

Digital eye strain symptoms include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Double vision
  • Headaches
  • Excessive blinking
  • Eye pain or irritation
  • Dry eyes
  • General fatigue

These symptoms are similar to those of other issues, so it’s essential to see your optometrist for a comprehensive eye exam to rule out underlying problems. We can narrow down the cause of your strain and provide you with information and a complete management plan.

What Causes Digital Eye Strain?

Research shows that spending more than 2 hours focusing on one spot can lead to eye strain, whether looking at a computer screen, driving, or reading. Untreated or undiagnosed vision problems like myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, stress, or fatigue can also contribute to discomfort during demanding tasks.

Computer use tends to exacerbate eye strain because we tend to:

  • Blink less while using a computer
  • Adopt poor posture while working on a computer
  • View digital screens at unideal distances or angles
  • Use devices with glare or poor contrast and brightness

Treating Digital Eye Strain

The easiest thing you can do to reduce your eye strain is to give your eyes a break. This rest will allow your eye muscles to relax and your eyes to refocus.

It’s easy to remember to give your eyes a break if you follow the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes focus on something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This is also an excellent chance to stand up for a moment and stretch your body or neck.

Additional Preventative Steps

Other steps you can take to reduce digital eye strain symptoms include:

  • Positioning your computer screen at arm’s length and 20 degrees below eye level.
  • Setting your screen’s colour and brightness to suit your environment.
  • Setting your screen’s brightness to match the brightness in your surroundings.
  • Setting the light in your room to reduce contrast with the TV screen.
  • Minimizing glare by positioning your screen away from a bright window, dimming the lights in your office, or using an anti-glare screen cover.
  • Remembering to blink more often or using artificial tears.
  • Undergo regular eye exams and choose the right eyewear.

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Digital eye strain doesn’t lead to any long-term complications, but if these changes haven’t helped ease symptoms, please see us for a comprehensive eye exam. We will be happy to investigate the cause of your symptoms and provide you with an effective solution!

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St. George

You can find our St. George location just off Main Street, next to the Community Living Centre.

Contact Information

Phone: (506) 755-3332
Fax: (506) 755-9890

Address

124 Main Street
St. George, New Brunswick E5C 3S3

Hours of Operations

Mondays
9 AM5 PM
Tuesdays
9 AM5 PM
Wednesdays
9 AM5 PM
Thursdays
9 AM7 PM
Fridays
9 AM2 PM
Saturdays
Closed
Sundays
Closed

You can find our St. George location just off Main Street, next to the Community Living Centre.

Contact Information

Phone: (506) 755-3332
Fax: (506) 755-9890

Address

124 Main Street
St. George, New Brunswick E5C 3S3

Hours of Operations

Mondays
9 AM5 PM
Tuesdays
9 AM5 PM
Wednesdays
9 AM5 PM
Thursdays
9 AM7 PM
Fridays
9 AM2 PM
Saturdays
Closed
Sundays
Closed

Saint John

Located between Grannan St and Princess St across from Trinity Royal Anglican Church.

Contact Information

Phone: (506) 634-8882
Fax: (506) 634-0864

Address

101 Germain Street
Saint John, New Brunswick E2L 2E9

Hours of Operations

Mondays
8 AM5 PM
Tuesdays
8 AM5 PM
Wednesdays
8 AM5 PM
Thursdays
8 AM7:30 PM
Fridays
8 AM5 PM
Saturdays
Closed
Sundays
Closed

Located between Grannan St and Princess St across from Trinity Royal Anglican Church.

Contact Information

Phone: (506) 634-8882
Fax: (506) 634-0864

Address

101 Germain Street
Saint John, New Brunswick E2L 2E9

Hours of Operations

Mondays
8 AM5 PM
Tuesdays
8 AM5 PM
Wednesdays
8 AM5 PM
Thursdays
8 AM7:30 PM
Fridays
8 AM5 PM
Saturdays
Closed
Sundays
Closed

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