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Most people work on computers, and relax by playing games on tablets and smartphones. Unfortunately, this non-stop exposure to digital devices can harm our eyes. Digital eye strain is the physical discomfort felt by people after two or more hours of using a digital screen. Symptoms include headache, dry eyes, blurred vision, neck/shoulder/back pain, and eye strain.

Digital Eye Strain

Digital Device Use Statistics

Studies by The Vision Council show that nearly 90% of Americans use digital devices for two or more hours each day. In addition, nearly 60% use digital devices for five or more hours each day and 70% use two or more devices at a time. More than nine out of ten people with digital eye strain use digital devices for two or more hours every day. As an expert in digital eye strain in Scottsdale, Arizona, we recommend an eye examination if you use digital devices for the majority of your day.

Digital Device Use by Age

For seniors, more than 30% of adults 60 and older have had prolonged use of digital devices for more than 15 years. About 64% of parents and caregivers spend more than five hours a day using digital screens. Nearly nine out of ten young adults use two or more devices at a time. Lastly, 65% of children and teens spend two or more hours per day on their digital devices. It is important to inform your optometrist in Scottsdale, AZ, about your digital device usage.

Activities with Digital Devices

Many of our hobbies and activities involve the use of digital devices. When cooking, 96% of adults use digital devices to find a recipe. 59% of adults in their 40s use computers to shop online. More than half of adults use a smartphone to check the weather, and 83% of adults in their 20s use it as an alarm clock. This widespread use of digital devices can have consequences for our health. Fortunately, we have a variety of services for digital eye strain including dry eye treatment in Scottsdale, AZ.

At 20/20 Image Eye Centers, we can provide you with advanced treatment options for digital eye strain. We can prescribe special glasses for computer usage, and treat associated symptoms, such as dry eyes. If you use digital devices for two or more hours every day, we highly recommend scheduling an appointment.

We can perform a comprehensive eye examination to determine if you are suffering from digital eye strain. Schedule an appointment or call us to learn more about this condition.