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Are Electronics Bad For Your Eyes?

Updated: Apr 10, 2020

Thanks to the advent of new technologies, average Americans are spending over ten hours a day in front of a screen. This includes:

  • Computer screens

  • Cell phones

  • E-readers

  • Televisions

  • Tablets

But is all this time spent in front of electronics bad for your eyes? In short: yes.

Electronics and Digital Eye Strain

Prolonged use of digital screens has led to a number of individuals experiencing vision problems and eye discomfort. This is known as Computer Vision Syndrome, more commonly called Digital Eye Strain.

Digital Eye Strain occurs when you spend too much time focusing on screens up close and is the leading cause of headaches and migraines. This happens because:

  • As your eyes focus on objects within two feet, the muscles in the eye flex in order to focus the light correctly.

  • Flexing your eyes for several hours a day places extreme amounts on stress on the muscles.

  • As a result, those muscles tire and the eye’s ability to focus properly decreases.

People with vision problems are more likely to experience Digital Eye Strain. However, thanks to the increased use of electronics in daily life, this issue has started to become more and more common.

Why Are Electronics Bad For Your Eyes

Digital Eye Strain affects more than 70% of Americans. The greater the amount of digital screen use, the greater the level of discomfort.

Symptoms of Digital Eye Strain include:

  • Dry eyes

  • Pain in the shoulder and neck

  • Blurred Vision

  • Fatigue

  • Headaches

  • Eye pain

Often times, these symptoms are temporary and stop after disconnecting from the digital world. However, if nothing is done to address the problem, symptoms can worsen over time.

How To Protect Your Eyes From Electronics

Unfortunately, in today’s technological world, spending long periods of computer, smartphone, and tablet is the norm. Blue IQ™ glasses are a way to reduce eye strain, red eyes, blurred vision and other symptoms of Digital Eye Strain.

Blue IQ™ lenses decrease Digital Eye Strain by blocking the glare from electronics screens and blue light bouncing off of other devices. This can help prevent:

  • Dry eyes

  • Headaches

  • Blurred vision

  • Macular degeneration

  • Double vision

  • Dizziness

Several different lenses are offered with Blue IQ™ glasses. This includes:

  • Single Vision: Used to correct common vision issues, such as astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness.

  • Multifocal: Enables you to see close up and far away without changing your glasses.

  • Plano: Lenses for individuals who require no vision correction.

Discover if Blue IQ™ is right for you by consulting your optometrist today.

Contact Eden Prairie Eye Care For More Information

If you’re one of the 70% of Americans suffering from Digital Eye Strain, contact us at Eden Prairie Eye Care at (952) 944-2792 or via our online platform. Our qualified staff will be able to diagnose your visual discomfort through a comprehensive eye exam and recommend solutions.

Stop living in discomfort. Contract Eden Prairie Eye Care and find out what you can do to protect your eyes.

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