Is Technology Ruining Your Eyes?

Technology and Eye Health Woman on Computer

If you are like most people in the United States, you spend about nine hours in front of a computer, television, tablet or smartphone screen each day. While technology makes many aspects of everyday life easier, staring at screens all day is hard on your eyes.

Many people experience eye discomfort after using digital technology for more than two hours in a single setting, a condition the Vision Council refers to as “digital eye strain.” Other symptoms of digital eye strain include:

  • Dry Eye
  • Headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Fatigue

How Digital Technology Affects the Eyes

Viewing a digital screen makes the eyes work harder than reading text on paper. The letters on a printed page are crisp and simple to recognize, which makes text on paper easy to read. The letters on a digital screen are not as sharply defined, however, so your eyes struggle to make out words. There is less contrast on a digital screen too, so letters do not stand out as well as they do on paper. Glare and reflection also strain the eyes.

Florida Eye Specialists Provide Eye Care to Alleviate the Effects of Digital Technology

Florida Eye Specialists is the area’s only Dry Eye Center of Excellence and utilizes the latest technology to create the best individualized treatment for patients. Patients can discuss their digital habits with their eye doctors and learn about possible solutions.

If technology is affecting the health of your eyes or the eyes of your family members, make an appointment with Florida Eye Specialists. Our staff of eye care professionals are dedicated to providing quality eye care and personalized service to every patient we see. Florida Eye Specialists offer the latest in eye care and technology. Schedule an appointment at one of our six locations around Jacksonville by calling 904-564-2020 today.