Digital eye fatigue refers to the visual discomfort you may experience after spending a prolonged time in
front of your computer, smartphone, or other similar devices. It is also commonly referred to as digital
eye strain or computer vision syndrome. Let your reliable eye doctor from Progressive Eyecare discuss
this condition in detail.
Causes and Risk Factors
Women, especially postmenopausal women, are at a higher risk of developing digital eye strain due to
their susceptibility to hormonal imbalances. Using your blue light-emitting devices for several hours is
one of the major causes of this problem. Working in a dry and dark environment may also contribute to
this condition. Diets low in essential fatty acids and certain eye diseases may result in this syndrome as
Manifestations and Possible Complications
Digital eye fatigue is commonly associated with dry eyes, which is why you may develop red, sore, and
irritated eyes. You may also notice suddenly tearing up or having frequent headaches. This problem may
make wearing contact lenses uncomfortable. To maintain your visual acuity, we may suggest using
eyeglasses in the meantime.
Our Suggested Management
Digital eye fatigue and dry eyes can easily be prevented by observing the 20-20- 20 rule. Make sure to
rest your eyes for at least 20 seconds every after 20 minutes of working. You can do this by looking at an
object located 20 feet away from your screen. Remember to blink your eyes regularly as well.
We suggest eating deep-water fish to increase your omega-3 fatty acid levels, which help maintain
moisture in your eyes. If symptoms persist, we may also prescribe applying artificial tear drops to
improve your visual comfort. Most importantly, we recommend having regular eye exams so we can
continuously monitor your eye health.
For more information about digital eye fatigue, call us at (702) 723-4888 (Boca Park), (702) 357-8202
(Southwest Las Vegas), or (702) 744-8005 (North Las Vegas). You may also complete our form to request an appointment. We serve North Las Vegas and other Las Vegas, NV, areas.