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How to get relief from digital eye strain symptoms

It seems like everyone is staring at a computer screen, phone or other digital device these days. It's causing a widespread problem called digital eye strain.

Symptoms of digital eye strain include:

  • Eye fatigue and discomfort

  • Dry Eyes

  • Headaches

  • Blurred vision

  • Red Eyes

  • Eye twitching

  • Neck and shoulder pain

Research sponsored by The Vision Council showed that 59% of people who routinely use computers and digital devices experience symptoms of digital eye strain (also known as computer eye strain or computer vision syndrome).

Here are 10 easy steps you can take to reduce your risk of eye strain and the symptoms that go along with it:

1. Get a comprehensive eye exam.

An annual comprehensive eye exam is the most important thing you can do to prevent or treat computer vision problems. During your exam, be sure to tell your eye doctor how often you use a computer and digital devices at work and at home.

Measure how far your eyes are from your screen when you sit at your computer, and bring this measurement to your exam so your eye doctor can test your eyes at that specific working distance.

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2. Use proper lighting.

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