Digital Eye Strain Management in Woodstock

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Stepping Away from the Screen

Digital screens have become, for many people, an unavoidable part of everyday life. Your eyes are unique and require proper care and rest like the rest of your body. 

Whether your screen time consists of work or entertainment, long hours staring at your screen can leave your eyes susceptible to the effects of digital eye strain. At Oxford Optometry, we help our patients manage the symptoms of digital eye strain and discuss prevention methods to help find relief.

Contact us to schedule an appointment and manage your digital eye strain symptoms today.

Exploring the Symptoms of Digital Eye Strain

Digital eye strain, also known as computer vision syndrome, can affect your eyes after a long session in front of your computer, phone, tablet, or other digital screens. The effects of digital eye strain can be made worse by preexisting conditions such as myopia (nearsightedness), astigmatism, or presbyopia.

Common signs and symptoms of digital eye strain may include: 

  • Blurred vision
  • Eyestrain
  • Headaches 
  • Dry eyes

Even mild symptoms of digital eye strain can worsen over time and cause other vision issues to develop if not properly addressed. Our team can help diagnose digital eye strain and help you find relief.

Managing Digital Eye Strain

The first step to digital eye strain management is booking a comprehensive eye examination with our team to get to the bottom of your symptoms. 

The severity of your symptoms can depend on factors such as how much time you’re spending on your computer, your lighting, posture, glare, and the angle of your monitor.

Our team will conduct a thorough check-up of your eyes to help develop a treatment plan to relieve your digital eye strain symptoms. Along with treatment, practicing at-home management methods can make all the difference.

Get the Lighting Right

The lighting of your setup can play a vital part in preventing digital eye strain. Monitor your workstation for lighting that is too dim or too bright, as it can have a negative effect on your eyes.

The key is to find balance, and adjusting your screen brightness to prevent squinting can save your eyes from strain. Glare is also a contributing factor to eye strain and is essential to consider in your setup.

The 20-20-20 method provides a good break for your eyes between your intense working sessions. Focusing on your work is important, but so is giving your eyes some rest.

The 20-20-20 method can allow you to get some much-needed rest and involves:

  • Looking away from your screen every 20 minutes
  • Focusing on something 20 feet away
  • Looking at the object of focus for at least 20 seconds

Your seating and viewing positioning can make a huge difference, especially if you spend long hours working.

Your screen should be about an arm’s length from your eyes and 20 degrees below eye level to minimize stress on your eyes.

Treatment & Prevention

Digital eye strain relief is a combination of treatment and practicing good prevention methods. Our team at Oxford Optometry can help you navigate the effects of digital eye strain and help you find relief.

Contact us to schedule an appointment to help manage digital eye strain.

Our Location

You can find our office around the corner from the Rexall on Dundas Street. There is free parking right next to the building. If you have any trouble finding us, give us a call!

Our Address

  • 716 Dundas St.
  • Woodstock, ON N4S 1E7

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