Digital Eye Strain in Walnut Creek & Antioch

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Handling a Digital World

As technology progresses, more and more digital devices find their way into our lives. From working on a computer for 8 hours a day to spending our free time scrolling social media on smartphones or watching Netflix on TV, digital devices are a huge part of our daily routines.

Digital eye strain is a common problem that many experience due to poor digital device usage habits. Feeling tired and sore after working at your desk all day is one of the most common complaints, but fortunately, there are ways to mitigate the symptoms of digital eye strain.

At Diablo Valley Optometric Group, it’s our primary goal to give you the tools and resources to combat digital eye strain so you can enjoy digital devices without worry. If you’d like to know more about what you can do to prevent digital eye strain, please give us a call or fill out our online form to book an appointment.

Symptoms of Digital Eye Strain

Knowing the symptoms of digital eye strain can help you pinpoint what might be causing your discomfort.

Common symptoms of digital eye strain include:

  • Headaches
  • Tired, sore eyes
  • Sore neck, shoulders, or back
  • Overly watery eyes
  • Dry, gritty eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Trouble keeping your eyes open
  • Fatigue

Although many of these symptoms are telltale signs of digital eye strain, they can also sign underlying eye conditions. If you’re experiencing discomfort or any other symptoms, it’s essential to have your eyes examined to ensure you get the treatment you need.

Causes of Digital Eye Strain

Contrary to the name of the condition “digital eye strain,” or its counterpart “computer vision syndrome,” digital devices are not wholly to blame. What causes digital eye strain is the poor usage habits that accompany digital devices or any near work for prolonged periods.

Other activities that can cause eye strain include:

  • Reading a book
  • Driving long distances
  • Squinting or straining to see in the dark
  • Exposure to bright light or glare
  • Experiencing stress or fatigue

Symptoms of digital eye strain are most often felt after 2 or more hours of uninterrupted computer use. Also, untreated refractive errors, such as myopia, hyperopia, or astigmatism, can exacerbate symptoms significantly, as your eyes will have to work harder to see clearly.

When we use digital devices like a computer, we tend to:

  • Blink less frequently
  • Slouch or sit with poor posture
  • View screens at unideal distances or angles
  • View devices with glare
  • View devices with poor contrast or brightness

Treating Digital Eye Strain

Although digital eye strain is uncomfortable and can make working on devices for extended periods difficult, it generally isn’t serious. You can adopt several healthy habits to prevent discomfort, including giving your eyes a break from the screen regularly.

Some tips to help prevent digital eye strain include:

  • Adjust your workspace so your screen is around an arm’s length away from your eyes, with your gaze slightly downward.
  • Sit with your back straight in a chair with your feet flat on the ground.
  • Adjust your screen’s brightness to match your surroundings.
  • Adjust your screen to avoid glare from windows or fluorescent lights.
  • Remember to blink!
  • Have regular eye exams to correct and treat any underlying vision problems.
  • Use the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break to focus on something 20 feet away.

Book Your Appointment Today!

If you’ve adjusted your workspace and usage habits to prevent digital eye strain but are still feeling persistent discomfort, please book an appointment with us. We’re dedicated to working with you to find a solution and treatment so you can get back to working comfortably.

Our Locations

Antioch

Find our Antioch clinic in the beautiful Lone Tree Landing shopping center, on the corner of Hillcrest Avenue and Lone Tree Way.

Contact Information

Address

5009 Lone Tree Way, Suite A
Antioch, CA 94531

Our Hours

Monday
CLOSED
Tuesday
8:30 AM5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM5:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM5:30 PM
Friday
9 AM5:30 PM
Saturday
8 AM12 PM
Sunday
CLOSED

*Our clinic is closed for lunch from noon to 1:30 PM every day.

Walnut Creek

Our Walnut Creek location is Suite C of the Ygnacio Woods Medical Building on Ygnacio Valley Road.

Contact Information

Address

2255 Ygnacio Valley Road, Suite C
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Our Hours

Monday
CLOSED
Tuesday
8:30 AM5:30 PM
Wednesday
9 AM5:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM5:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM5:30 PM
Saturday
8 AM12 PM
Sunday
CLOSED

*Our clinic is closed for lunch from noon to 1:30 PM every day.

Find our Antioch clinic in the beautiful Lone Tree Landing shopping center, on the corner of Hillcrest Avenue and Lone Tree Way.

Contact Information

Address

5009 Lone Tree Way, Suite A
Antioch, CA 94531

Our Hours

Monday
CLOSED
Tuesday
8:30 AM5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM5:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM5:30 PM
Friday
9 AM5:30 PM
Saturday
8 AM12 PM
Sunday
CLOSED

*Our clinic is closed for lunch from noon to 1:30 PM every day.

Our Walnut Creek location is Suite C of the Ygnacio Woods Medical Building on Ygnacio Valley Road.

Contact Information

Address

2255 Ygnacio Valley Road, Suite C
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Our Hours

Monday
CLOSED
Tuesday
8:30 AM5:30 PM
Wednesday
9 AM5:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM5:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM5:30 PM
Saturday
8 AM12 PM
Sunday
CLOSED

*Our clinic is closed for lunch from noon to 1:30 PM every day.

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