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Digital Eye Strain in Kamloops

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Suffering From Screen Strain?

Are your eyes getting tired or sore after using digital devices? This could be a sign of digital eye strain (DES).

DES can make existing vision problems more pronounced, but it can also cause problems for people with otherwise healthy vision. At Thompson Rivers Family Optometry, we have the skills and tools to help you reduce these adverse effects.

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How Do I Know if I Have
Digital Eye Strain?

To know you have DES for sure, you’ll need to have an eye doctor diagnose you. However, DES can present several noticeable symptoms, including:

  • Ongoing or recurring headaches
  • Blurry vision after looking at digital screens
  • Irritated or dry eyes
  • Eyes that feel tired even after resting

Why Does Digital Eye
Strain Occur?

Screen Fatigue

Many of us stare at computer screens and smartphones for hours every day. However, using our eyes this way can tire out the small muscles that help our eyes focus at near distances. When these muscles get tired, they can feel stiff and sore—just like any other muscle in our body.

Digital devices emit a specific type of High Energy Visible light (HEV) called blue light. Blue light scatters in the eye more than other kinds of visible light, which means the eyes have to work harder to focus correctly and become exhausted more quickly. Blue light may also affect your circadian rhythms, making it harder to sleep after using screens.

Dealing with Digital Eye Strain

The following strategies may help you reduce the effects of DES:

  • Use the 20-20-20 rule to “reset” your eyes by looking at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes. Changing your focus allows your eye muscles to relax, potentially reducing fatigue from DES.
  • Specialty eyeglasses are designed to block out blue light. Our eye doctors or opticians can tell you more about using appropriate computer eyewear.

Don’t let your devices put your eyes in distress. Contact us today and let us help you live a life unhindered by DES.

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Our vision centre is conveniently located in Northills Shopping Centre. The mall offers spacious parking and accessibility-friendly parking options.

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60-700 Tranquille Road
Kamloops, BC V2B 3H9

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