Let Your Eyes Relax Again
Using devices with screens is an everyday activity for most of us, but it can also make our eyes feel sore and tired. If you’ve recently encountered eye discomfort during or after screen use, you might be experiencing digital eye strain (DES).
DES can affect anyone, but it can be particularly hard on people with vision problems. Let the eye doctors at Los Gatos Vision Center show you ways to avoid DES and provide you with tools to reduce its impact on your life.
Factors Related to Digital Eye Strain
You Might Not Be Blinking Enough
We generally blink less when we focus intently on something, including television, phones, and computers. Blinking less dries out your eyes, contributing to visual fatigue and eye discomfort. Concentrating for long periods on a screen that’s too close to your face can also tire out the muscles that control your eyes.
Is Blue Light Keeping You Up?
Almost all digital displays emit blue light, a high-energy visible light also present in sunlight. While blue light may not directly cause eye disease, it can disrupt your circadian rhythms, affecting your sleep. This might make it harder for you to rest and more likely that your eyes will feel tired when you wake up.
How to Fight Digital Eye Strain
Here are a few common techniques for combating the effects of DES:
- When using a device, follow the 20-20-20 rule to help your eyes rest at regular intervals. To do so, just look away from your screen every 20 minutes and take 20 seconds to focus on an object about 20 feet away.
- Wear glasses with special lenses that reflect blue light. Sometimes called “computer glasses”, these products can improve your sleep after using a screen late at night.
You don’t have to stop using screens to enjoy comfortable eyes again. Please contact us today for more tools and strategies to help you avoid or manage DES.
Our Location in Los Gatos
Where Is Your Practice?
Our practice is on North Santa Cruz Avenue, at the corner of Bachman Avenue. If you’re early for your appointment, you’ll find eateries and plenty of other shops nearby to explore.
- 233 N Santa Cruz Avenue
- Los Gatos, CA 95030
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
- Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
- Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
- Saturday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed
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