In today’s modern world, many working and school-age people have trouble with itching, burning and/or gritty eyes that are commonly associated with Dry Eye Syndrome.
Studies have shown that increased computer and screen use can lead to chronic Dry Eye. Sufferers who report that when they go on holiday their symptoms improve, only for them to reappear once they are back at school or work, are likely to be suffering from evaporative dry eye caused by digital eye strain.
Symptoms of Digital Eye Strain include:
- Eye strain
- Blurred vision
- Dryness and irritation of the eyes
- Back, neck and shoulder pain.
When looking at digital screens our blink rate drops significantly as does the quality of blink (often it stops being complete). One explanation is that when we concentrate it is similar to when we used to hunt and if you blink when you are hunting you lose your prey.
In addition taking regular breaks from concentrated screen use, using eye drops and lubricants can help alleviate some symptoms caused by digital eye strain.I-dew’s range of eye drops, specifically I-Dew Soothe, has been specially formulated by an expert team of British dry eye specialists to help relieve dry eye and strained and irritated eyes caused by exposure to smartphone/tablet/LED screens.
Tips for avoiding Digital Eye Strain:
- Avoid prolonged use of a tablet or smart phone.
- Switch to a computer screen that is arm’s length away.
- Use lubricating eye drops, like I-dew.
- Position the screen so your eyes glance slightly downward
- Use a filter to reduce glare
- 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away, for 20 seconds. Then blink slowly 20 times.
- Adjust room lighting and contrast to minimise eye strain