A new study published in the journal Ophthalmology found that reading on digital devices can cause eye strain. The study found that people who read on digital devices for more than two hours a day were more likely to experience symptoms of eye strain, such as blurred vision, headaches, and dry eyes.
The study’s authors believe that the small size of text on digital devices and the high levels of light emitted from these devices can contribute to eye strain. When we read on a digital device, we focus our eyes more closely than we do when we read on paper. This can lead to eye fatigue and blurred vision. Additionally, the high levels of light emitted from digital devices can cause our eyes to dry out. This can lead to eye irritation and headaches.
If you find that you are experiencing symptoms of eye strain after reading on a digital device, there are a few things you can do to reduce your risk. First, try to take breaks every 20-30 minutes to look away from the screen and focus on something else. You can also try adjusting the brightness and contrast of your device to make it easier on your eyes. If you continue to experience symptoms of eye strain, you may want to see an optometrist to rule out any underlying eye conditions.
Here are some additional tips for reducing eye strain when using digital devices:
- Adjust the brightness and contrast of your device. Make sure the text is easy to read and that the screen is not too bright.
- Take breaks. Look away from the screen every 20-30 minutes and focus on something else for a few minutes.
- Avoid using digital devices in low light. The glare from the screen can make it more difficult to see.
- Get regular eye exams. An optometrist can check for any underlying eye conditions that may be contributing to eye strain.
By following these tips, you can help to reduce your risk of eye strain and protect your vision