Digital Eye Strain

Do your eyes hurt from staring at a computer all day? Are they dry and itchy? Do you suffer from loss of focus, blurry vision or fatigue? Headaches or neck pain? All these things are symptoms of digital eye strain.

Most of us spend the majority of our waking hours staring at digital screens, whether it's the computer at work, mobile phone, iPad, PlayStation… or just relaxing the old fashioned way in front of TV. All this screen time can be hard on your eyes and can lead to eye strain.

Another reason you are tired

Blue light can also lead to other forms of fatigue beyond eyestrain. Blue light during the day is beneficial because it boosts attention, reaction times and mood. However at night, artificial blue light disrupts the circadian rhythm that causes the natural release of melatonin that helps us sleep. Because the blue light tricks our brain into believing it’s still daytime, falling asleep can be more difficult and we don’t sleep as deeply. Circadian disruption can also lead to other more serious side effects, including an increase in obesity and depression.

There is a solution

There are a few ways to combat digital eye strain: In addition to our Baxter Blue glasses, we suggest you adopt the 20-20-20 rule which says that for every 20 minutes of screen time you should look at something 20 feet (6 meters) away for 20 seconds. Another great tip is to ensure you position yourself at arms distance from your screen.

  • Hours a day – the number of hours the average Australian spends looking at a digital screen*

  • Of people report using digital devices in the hours before going to sleep, which has been shown to disrupt sleep patterns by increasing alertness in the brain through the suppression of melatonin***

  • of digital device users experience digital eye strain symptoms with 65% of people who use two or more devices simultaneously affected**

  • of employees recently surveyed showed an increase in productivity by wearing computer eyewear****

* Ernst & Young (2016). Digital Australia. Sydney, NSW
** Eyes Overexposed: The Digital Device Dilemma, 2016 Digital Eye Strain Report, The Vision Council, USA 
*** health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/content/health-pubhlth-strateg-phys-act-guidelines
**** UAB School of Optometry - A study on worker productivity and computer vision

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