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Digital Eye Strain: Our eyes have never worked so hard

Australians love digital media and we devote half of our waking hours interacting with digital media channels across multiple devices. It has changed the way we work, learn, shop, socialise and relax. However, our eyes are not accustomed to the digital environment with 65% of users likely to experience one or more symptoms of digital eye strain. We recommend innovative lenses specifically designed for digital media use to help relax and protect your eyes and keep them feeling fresh throughout the day.

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What is Digital Eye Strain?

Digital Eye Strain is the physical eye discomfort felt by many individuals after two or more hours in front of a digital screen. Symptoms can include one or more of the following and severity varies depending on the individual and time spent on digital media:

  • Eye strain/fatigue
  • Dry, itchy, burning or red eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Headache
  • Neck/shoulder/back pain

What causes Digital Eye Strain?

  • Eyes are focused more intensively and repeatedly to adjust the frequent switching between devices.
  • Digital devices are backlit and emit blue-voiles light that can cause strain and discomfort and is linked to disrupted sleeping patterns.
  • A new reading zone in ultra near vision has evolved with the smartphone, placing even greater demands on our eyes.
  • The normal blinking rate is often reduced from 17 or more blinks a minute to 12 to 15 blinks, reducing tear production, making your eyes feel tired and uncomfortable.
  • Our posture has changed as we lean toward our screens and/or slouch in our chairs, putting a strain on the neck and back.

Innovative Digital Eyewear

In response to our changing visual environment, innovative lens technology alleviates digital eye strain by eliminating glare, filtering out blue light and preventing vision fatigue. This technology caters to both prescription and non-prescription wearers affected by digital eye strain.

Referred to as your computer, digital or work pair, these lenses are designed to relax and protect your eyes by providing clear viewing at typical screen viewing distance, as well as reducing blurriness, pixelation, brightness and glare.

Speak to your optometrist to determine how digital eyewear can meet your specific needs when it comes to your work and lifestyle.

Tips to reduce Digital Eye Strain 

  • Remember to blink often
  • Take breaks from staring at your digital screen
  • Adjust the display settings of your devices
  • Wear glasses designed for digital device use

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