What is the Impact of Digital Eye Strain on Adults?
Modern work and lifestyle changes have forced us to spend extended hours in close-range activities, such as viewing smart phones, computer work, e-books, and hand-held gaming. The increased demands of these activities on your eyes can leave you with uncomfortable and sometimes painful symptoms. For some people, eye strain can also lead to reduction in productivity and ability to concentrate—and may even negatively impact your vision health.
About 84% of American adults report using digital devices for more than two hours per day with nearly 68% using two or more devices simultaneously, and 65% report experiencing symptoms of digital eye strain. Americans report experiencing the following symptoms of digital eye strain:
- 33.9% report experiencing eye strain
- 29.0% report experiencing dry eyes
- 29.9% report experiencing headaches
- 29.5% report experiencing blurred vision
- 36.3% report experiencing neck and shoulder pain
Additionally, close to 80% report using digital devices, including TV, in the hour before going to sleep, with almost 54% in the first hour they are awake.
Common symptoms of visual fatigue are headaches, tired eyes, neck or back pain, burning or stinging eyes, and difficulty focusing for extended periods of time. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, your eye doctor can show you how to reduce eye strain and fatigue through advancements in technology.
*Based on data from VisionWatch, July 2019