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Digital Eye Strain

Digital Eye Strain Can Affect Both Adults and Kids

Has your eyes ever become tired from staring at the computer screen for hours? Have you experienced headaches from looking at your phone or tablet for too long? If so, you’ve recently experienced Computer Vision Syndrome, or better known as Digital Eye Strain. A recent report shows nearly 70% of US adults are experiencing symptoms of Digital Eye Strain (also known as Computer Vision Syndrome).

Digital Eye Strain is caused by spending too much time staring at electronic devices such as computers, cell phones, and iPads. Focusing our eyes on a single spot for extended periods of time can cause eye strain, fatigue, and headaches. Since our kids are now spending so much time on computers, iPads, and video games, both at home and at school, they are also very susceptible to this common syndrome. An easy way for both kids and adults to guard against Digital Eye Fatigue is to remember and use the 20-20-20 Rule: Every 20 minutes take a break and spend at least 20 seconds looking at something at least 20 feet away.

As adults, we can usually sense when we’ve been zoned in for too long, but children sometimes need reminded. If this video has been helpful to you or if you know someone who could benefit from it, please feel free to share.