With an increase in digital technology, many individuals suffer from physical discomfort after screen use for longer than two hours at a time. The Vision Council refers to this collection of symptoms as digital eye strain.
More than 83 percent of Americans report using digital devices for more than two hours per day, and 53.1 percent report using two digital devices simultaneously, with 60.5 percent reporting experiencing symptoms of digital eye strain.
Here's how Americans responded on average to The Vision Council's 2017 survey:
- 75.6% regularly use a computer to research
- 54.2% to shop online
- 48.7% to find a recipe
- 36.2% to check social media
- 26.7% to play games
- 58.2% regularly use a smartphone to get directions
- 56.6% to serve as an alarm clock
- 53.7% to check the weather
- 38.1% to check social media
- 25.8% to play games
- 32.2% use television to get the news
- 16% to keep track of professional sports
- 14% to check the weather
WHAT CAN BE DONE TO ALLEVIATE DIGITAL EYE STRAIN?
Eyewear is available with lenses featuring digital eye strain-reducing capabilities. However, individuals don't have to sacrifice style for function when it comes to eyewear. These specialized lenses can be incorporated into virtually any pair of frames, so individuals can choose eyewear that complements their personal look, while meeting their eye health needs.
Many people are unaware of the solutions available to combat digital eye strain – in fact, 71 percent of Americans report they have not discussed their digital device usage with their eyecare provider, and 72.6 percent reported they did not know eyewear can be used to protect the eyes from short- and long-term effects of digital eye strain.
The Vision Council recommends individuals and their child(ren) visit a local eyecare provider to discuss their digital habits and what eyewear solutions are available to relieve the symptoms of digital eye strain.