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Nearly eight out of every 10 Americans who suffer from digital eye strain use two or more devices simultaneously, according to The Vision Council's 2016 report, Eyes Overexposed: The Digital Device Dilemma. The report, based on a VisionWatch survey of more than 10,000 adults, finds that 65 percent of Americans experience digital eye strain symptoms, such as dry, irritated eyes, blurred vision, eye fatigue, neck and back pain and headaches.


In today’s world filled with technology, computer monitors, smart phones and digital devices have caused what is being called digital eye strain. It is the physical discomfort felt after two or more hours in front of a digital screen and is associated with the close to mid-range distance of digital screens. A combination of factors brings on digital eye strain. These include the proximity of the screen, the frequency and duration of use and the degree of exposure to high-energy visible (HEV) or blue light emitted by video screens.

nearly 90% of americans cause eye strain by using digital devices for two or more hours per day

The Vision Council report that 65 percent of children and teens spend two or more hours per day on their digital device, nine out of 10 young adults use two or more devices at a time and more than 30% of grandparents (adults over 60) had prolong use for more than 15 years.
Read the full report.


The optical industry has responded to the shift in digital habits and has developed lens technology to alleviate vision problems and protect eyes from blue light, glare and other environmental stressors.
Commonly referred to as computer glasses, this eyewear has lenses that are constructed specifically for the mid-distance range at which users typically view a digital screen, and they can be purchased with or without a prescription. The lenses and filters are customized to reduce blurriness and pixilation, decrease brightness, block blue light, and minimize glare while working in front of a screen—or multiple screens.

Stop by any of the four Riemer Optical Center to discuss your options for lenses that protect your eyes.