Total Vision Hercules

Digital Eye Strain Management in Hercules

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Comfortable Vision for the Digital Age

When it’s time to buckle down and get some work done, your eyes should be on your side. Uncomfortable symptoms like irritation, tearing, and blurry vision are just some of the obstacles that can get in your way when using your digital device. But we’re here to help.

Digital eye strain doesn’t have to be a roadblock in your productivity. By addressing the root of your symptoms with tailored solutions, we can help you find the comfort you deserve so you can get back to focusing on your work, not your eyes.

What Is Digital Eye Strain?

Digital eye strain, also known as computer vision syndrome, is a common condition that occurs when you focus on a close-up digital object for too long. Certain things like screen distance, screen brightness, and room lighting can also contribute to these symptoms.

However, you may experience eye strain whenever you focus on one point for an extended period. When you focus on specific tasks—like reading or driving—you tend to stop blinking as much, which prevents your eyelids from reinforcing your tear film with quality tears that keep your eyes comfortable.

How Does Blue Light Affect Your Vision?

Many people wonder what blue light is and how it can affect your vision.

Computers, tablets, and smartphones emit low levels of blue light, which is high energy and has a short wavelength. And while these devices are a source of blue light, they’re not the only things that are.

Our sun is the largest emitter of blue light on our planet, and our bodies have adapted to use blue light as a signal for when it’s time to be awake and alert.While it’s pretty unlikely that your devices can pose that much of a risk to your eye health, they can contribute to eye discomfort or sleep deprivation. One of the most common ways to manage this is by using blue-light-blocking lenses, which can mitigate the level of blue light entering your eyes.

How to Manage Your Digital Eye Strain Symptoms

The 20/20/20 Rule

We often recommend using the 20/20/20 rule to find some comfort while working on long, up-close projects. Every 20 or so minutes, look at something 20 feet away for about 20 seconds.

This exercise gives your eyes a chance to readjust, blink, and relax.

Even how you sit at your desk can impact your eye comfort. Whenever you sit at your workstation, always ensure:

  • Your screen’s brightness matches your room or office.
  • Your screens are 20 degrees below eye level and about an arm’s length away.
  • You position your screen away from light sources that can cause glare, like windows and office lights.

A common way to manage your eye strain symptoms is to use eye drops. However, we always recommend having an eye exam before you start using any over-the-counter products so we can ensure the medication you’re using is right for you and your eye health.

Come See What We’re About

Where to Find Us

You can find us on the first floor of Aventine Apartments right on Sycamore Avenue. Find angled parking right outside with accessibility options available.

  • 1375 Sycamore Ave Suite 150E
  • Hercules, CA 94547

Hours of Operation

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM 5:45 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM 7:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM 5:45 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM 5:45 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM 12:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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