Chances are that you’ve experienced Digital Eye Strain, whether or not you’ve called it that. In fact, you may be experiencing some of the symptoms as you read these very words. According to the Mayo Clinic, the symptoms of DES are these all too common feelings: sore, tired, burning, itchy, watery, or dry eyes; blurred or double vision; headaches; sore neck, shoulders, or back; an increased sensitivity to light; difficulty concentrating; and/or the feeling that you can’t keep your eyes open.
Sound familiar? It probably does, since there is a high likelihood that you’re spending 10+ hours a day interacting with a digital screen. Fortunately, you can
alleviate the discomfort of digital eye strain without cutting down on your beloved or required screen time.
It makes sense that your eyes get tired after hours and hours of use. You wouldn’t expect to go rock climbing without your hands getting sore, to run a marathon without an aching in your legs, or to hold your breath underwater without a burning in your lungs. Why should it be different with our eyes? Just like any other part of our body, they’re gonna hurt when they’re overworked.
Fortunately, there are a lot of things that you can do to help make these symptoms go away. By combining best practices from our DIY methods as well as gearing up to protect yourself with proper eye protection and applications, you can make DES a thing of the past– and good riddance!