Is Technology Hurting Your Eyes?

Technology has become an essential part of people’s lives over the years. Adults and children have both come to quickly lean on technology to help them find answers to everyday questions. This raises the question, is technology hurting your eyes? We asked for AdvantageCare Physicians’ ophthalmologist Dr. Amita Vadada’s expert opinion regarding this topic.

Dr. Vadada says, staring at your computer screen, smartphone or another digital device may result in your eyes feeling dry and tired and you may also develop blurry vision, fatigue or eye strain. However, it does not cause permanent damage.

“Normally, humans blink about 15 times a minute, but studies show we blink half to a third that often while using computers and other digital screen devices. Extended reading, writing or other intensive ‘near work’ can also cause eye strain,” added Dr. Vadada.

So, how can we reduce eye strain? Dr. Vadada recommends taking regular breaks using the “20-20-20 rule.” The rule is every 20 minutes, shift your eyes to look at an object at least 20 feet away and for at least 20 seconds. If your eyes continue to feel dry, try using artificial tears to refresh them. Moreover, she recommends using a humidifier, which may help prevent the eyes from becoming dry.

Everyone has a different lifestyle where some may be in front of a screen for more than forty hours and others not so much. If you feel any eye strain or if you simply have any questions about your eyes, we recommend scheduling an appointment with an ophthalmologist. Find a doctor here.