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    How digital devices are affecting vision

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    If I were to say to you, “My patient is suffering from DES,” what would be your initial thought? Dry eye syndrome? Possibly. However, now more than ever, we are seeing more and more patients suffering from digital eye strain. Let’s face it: we live in a digital world.

    We have TVs and gaming systems at home, tablets and computers at work, and smartphones in our pockets at all times.

    Approximately 28 percent of people spend 10 or more hours in front of digital devices daily. The number only goes up from there, as approximately 65 percent spend between three to nine hours per day in front of a digital device.1 In 2011, Internet usage alone was up to 2.2 billion users compared to just three million users in 1990.2 This year alone, it is estimated that nearly 60 million children will use a computer or digital device for multiple hours a day, which doesn’t include TV time or using a game system.3

    With the increased resolution, you would think there would be less eye strain. However, due to the increased prevalence, decreased cost, and versatility of electronic devices, it’s no wonder we are suffering more now than ever.

    6 tips for handling digital eye strain

    DES symptoms

    Many people have probably experienced digital eye strain already but just didn’t know how to categorize it. Digital eye strain is a group of eye- and vision-related problems that are due to extended computer or digital device use. Digital eye strain sufferers routinely exhibit eye strain, redness, and dryness due to decreased blinking; blurry vision due to screen glare; headache from prolonged eye strain; and neck/shoulder/back pain that is caused by poor posture and sub-optimal screen position. These symptoms are typically caused by the use of a digital screen for two or more hours per day. Digital eye strain is, in fact, a combination of some or all of the symptoms listed above. As with the range of symptoms, the severity can be widespread as well. Some may have little to no complaints, while others may consider digital eye strain to be disabling.

    Scott Sikes, OD
    Dr. Sikes is a past president for the South Eastern District of the North Carolina State Optometric Society and is currently serving as ...

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      Nice article!! Thanks for sharing I agree nowadays people are commonly facing Dry eye and eye strain problem. It is very important for us to give the same level of protection to our eyes this summer and spend some less time in front of digital device. I m working women and I use digital screen for almost nine hours a day. If you use reading glasses, then don't [url=http://www.citysunglass.com/]wholesale sunglasses suppliers[/url]

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