According to the Vision Council, about 70% of adults in America have eye strain problems due to excessive use of electronic devices. The average American spends about an average of 6 to 9 hours in front of some sort of digital screen each day. This type of eye strain can cause irritation, dry eyes, and blurred vision. An individual can feel the eye strain simply after two hours of using an electronic device. Blue Light, also known as HEV, is the light that causes the most eye strain from the color schemes on a digital service. “Studies suggest that overexposure to heV light can damage the retina, the part of the eye that brings objects into focus. this occurs when blue light penetrates the macular pigment of the eye and causes a breakdown of that protective shield. This leaves the eye more susceptible to blue light exposure and cell degeneration,” (Digiteyezed, 9).
A group of college students conducted an experiment where they observed several students in the computer lab at their school. They recorded interviews with the students asking how long they’ve been using the computer, if they felt pain in their eyes, and how often a week they use the computers. They observed students constantly rubbing their eyes and massaging their heads, hinting the strain taking place after using the digital screen for so long. Head, neck, and back aches can also come along with digital eye strain.
Digital eye strain is becoming one of the most prominent pains in workers and students neighboring arthritis. In order to prevent digital eye strain you should turn down the brightness on your device, adjust the device to below eye level, keep it far away from your face, increase size of text to avoid strain when reading, take 20 minute breaks in between digital use, and limit your computer or digital device use time per day.