(January 7, 2016)- A new survey from the vision council shows nearly eight in ten Americans who suffer from digital eye strain use two or more devices at the same time. Christopher Colletti does who's in technology sales and spends a great deal of time on his laptop and smartphone.
“I started noticing that i was having headaches and eyestrain and was constantly blinking,” says Colletti.
“The main cause of digital eye strain,” says Dr. Jessi lee, of park slope eye, “is working at a close distance. The human eye wasn’t designed to spend 10 to 12 hours a day looking up close so it’s a relatively new phenomenon.”
The survey of more than 10-thousand adults also found 65 percent of Americans suffer from symptoms such as dry, irritated eyes, blurred vision, headaches as well as neck and back pain from staring at screens.
“I would say it might be even higher than that,” says Dr. Lee.
Dr. Lee says you can help prevent digital eye strain by using the twenty-twenty-twenty rule.
“For every 20 minutes that you’re working up close, take a 20 second break to look at something 20 feet away and that just allows your eyes to refresh and start back fresh,” says Dr. Lee.
For Christopher Colletti, new lenses made for digital eye strain were the ultimate fresh start.
“From the moment I put on my prescription, I felt my eyes instantly relax and when I come home at the end of the day, I’m no longer fatigued and wanting to close my eyes.”
Colletti says the new lenses have meant the strain is all gone.
Doctors also say pushing your screen further back and increasing the font size on your device can lessen eye strain. They also recommend yearly eye exams whether or not you’re e experiencing any visual symptoms.