Optometrist Dr. Luke Small recently said that more and more people are spending far too much time on their computers, iPads, iPhones and tablets and because of this over half of his customers are affected by eye strain.
Dr. Small said, “Screen time has increased dramatically in recent years, to as much as 16 hours a day”.
Dr. Small added, “People get off their computer then get back to their tablets and then they’re looking at a big screen TV”.
The Winnipeg Optometrist believes that to prevent eye strain you should be taking regular breaks when playing computer games, watching TV and doing work on the computer.
Dr. Small said, “Common symptoms of eyestrain include dry eyes, blurred vision, and headaches. Neck and back pain can also affect patients suffering from eyestrain, It’s not just an issue among children, he added, patients in their 90’s are suffering from eye strain after using devices like iPads for prolonged periods of time”.
Dr. Small added, “It’s really the close work, something that I call visual demand. Whenever we look up-close our eyes have to work a little bit harder”.
The Optometrist has a rule that he believes people should follow to reduce eye strain. The 20-20-20 rule, where for every 20 minutes you are looking at a screen you should look 20 feet away from the screen for 20 seconds.
Dr. Small said, “As we sit and stare at something for any prolonged amount of time it’s like holding dumbbells and the biggest thing that I tell people is taking breaks”.
The Winnipeg Optometrist also stated that there have been studies which have linked Myopia and other sight problems to starring at screens up close for long periods of time.
Dr. Small said, “Definitely with myopia it’s a combination of environment and genetics”.
Dr. Small added, “Some countries, including China, have begun enforcing recess for all students to encourage them to put down their work and look far away”.