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Digital time a strain on eyes

Optometrists have warned that excessive screen time during covid-19 has been increasing the strain on our eyes.

A Canterbury Bankstown optometrist has warned that excessive screen time during covid-19 is increasing the strain on our eyes.
Research commissioned by Specsavers just before covid-19 restrictions came into effect revealed that the majority of Australian office workers were already experiencing symptoms of digital eye strain, with an overwhelming nine out of 10 people claiming to have experienced at least one symptom of digital eye strain while at work.
Specsavers Roselands optometrist Ann Faragalla said everyone is spending more time on screens at the moment under covid-19 restrictions, using computers and smart phones constantly for work and pleasure, but our eyes aren’t meant to be fixed on a single object that long and it’s likely to have a negative effect on our eye health.
“If most Bankstown Canterbury workers were experiencing frequent symptoms of digital eye strain before covid-19, they can expect to experience even more symptoms now as our new daily routines include a lot more screen time, and we don’t see this changing for the foreseeable future,” she said.
And when it comes to your children, Ms Faragalla said their eyes are still developing so it’s vitally important that they are getting up and moving about throughout the day – spending time playing outside or engaging in activities where their eyes are not fixed on something close to them.
Digital eye strain can cause dry or irritated eyes, lead to blurred vision, difficulty focusing, sensitivity to light, eye fatigue, headaches and difficulty reading small print.
There are some really simple things that people can do to combat the effects of digital eye strain, from drinking more water and blinking more often, to giving your eyes a break by looking up from your screen regularly.