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Digital Eye Strain Increases When Using Multiple Screens

Digital Eye Strain Increases When Using Multiple Screens

Multitasking is perfect for getting things done quickly during work and at home, however, when there is technology involved, you may want to think twice about how much time you’re spending on your digital device(s) during a set time period.

What is digital eye strain?

If like the vast majority of us, you regularly sit in front of a screen for more than a few hours a day, you may begin to feel your eyes drying up and becoming irritated. You may also get blurred vision, headaches, and neck/back pain. This is digital eye strain, also referred to as computer eye strain.

Digital eye strain has become a widely diagnosed condition that lasts temporarily, is a result of small muscles in the eye overworking and then straining because you haven’t blinked, leaving your eyes dry and irritated.

Spending over two hours in front of a screen, whether that is the TV, your smartphone, tablet or laptop, straining on your eyes is inevitable which could then lead to further symptoms.

Digital eye strain and multiple screens

The Vision Council research states that, on average, 65% of us experience digital eye strain with the constant exposure to screens.

However, this figure rises to 75% for those of us using multiple screens at once, such as flickering between laptop computers, to phones and tablets. In fact, for those of us only using one screen at a time, the percentage is reduced to 53%.

Millennials are more likely to suffer from digital eye strain as they tend to use more than one device at a time, as they read and connect through their smartphones and tablets. The research also suggests that women are more likely to use multiple screens and report more digital eye strain symptoms than men.

The long-lasting damage of digital eye strain

Although the majority of the time digital eye strain is fairly temporary, longer lasting effects should not be ruled out. The light receptors at the back of the eye are damaged when the eye is always exposed to the blue light that is emitted from digital screens. This could then lead to the loss of central vision.

The pineal gland which creates the hormone melatonin is distorted each time you expose yourself to the blue light making it harder to sleep, therefore affecting your day the following morning.

Preventing digital eye strain

Taking a break from your device for around five minutes every hour is wise as this will allow your eyes to rest before starting again. Keeping display screens at arm’s length and not too close to your eyes will also stop your eyes from straining.

If you wear reading glasses or are in need of magnification to read clearly, you may also consider choosing a pair of glasses that offer blue light filtering technology. Adlens UZOOM Screen Protect readers, for example, are adjustable computer eye strain glasses that filter out 30 percent of harmful blue light from digital screens. You can learn more about UZOOM Screen Protect by visiting

  • May 12, 2018
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