Digital Eye Strain

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By Dr. Jeff Goodhew Updated: February 4, 2016


Nearly eight out of every 10 Americans who suffer from digital eye strain use two or more devices simultaneously, according to The Vision Council’s 2016 report, Eyes Overexposed: The Digital Device Dilemma. The report, based on a VisionWatch survey of more than 10,000 adults, finds that 65 percent of Americans experience digital eye strain symptoms, such as dry, irritated eyes, blurred vision, eye fatigue, neck and back pain and headaches.


Digital eye strain is the physical discomfort felt after two or more hours in front of a digital screen and is associated with the close to mid-range distance of digital screens, including desktop and laptop computers, tablets, e-readers and smartphones.

Prolonged periods of use appear to exacerbate symptoms of eye strain as 96 percent of Americans who experience digital eye strain spend two or more hours each day using devices. A combination of factors contribute to digital eye strain, including the proximity of the screen, the frequency and duration of use and the degree of exposure to high-energy visible (HEV) or blue light emitted by video screens.


The optical industry has responded to the shift in digital habits and has developed lens technology to alleviate vision problems and protect eyes from blue light, glare and other environmental stressors.

Commonly referred to as computer glasses, this eyewear has lenses that are constructed specifically for the mid-distance range at which users typically view a digital screen, and they can be purchased with or without a prescription. The lenses and filters are customized to reduce blurriness and pixilation, decrease brightness, block blue light, and minimize glare while working in front of a screen—or multiple screens.

Abbey Eye Care is pleased to offer a suite of computer lenses from Zeiss that have shown to help our patients dramatically when it comes to alleviating the symptoms of digital eye strain. Talk to one of our doctors or staff to learn more about these innovative lenses.