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Digital Eye Strain in Calgary & Didsbury

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Are Screens Straining Your Eyes?

Do your eyes often become uncomfortable after using electronic devices? You might be experiencing digital eye strain (DES).

DES can present additional difficulties for people with vision problems when they’re using digital devices. However, it can also create challenges for those whose vision is otherwise healthy and normal. Fortunately, Eye Effects is here to show you what causes DES and help reduce its effects on your life.

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Do I Have Digital Eye Strain?

Only an eye doctor can conclusively say whether you have DES, but you should always be on the lookout for symptoms. Contact your eye doctor if you notice any of the following:

  • Continuous or frequent headaches
  • Vision that blurs after looking at electronic screens
  • Dry eyes (or other forms of irritation)
  • Tired eyes, even after sleeping

What Makes Digital Eye Strain Happen?

Screen Time Exhausts Your Eyes

Staring at laptops and smartphones for hours has become a common part of daily life for many people. Tiny muscles in your head and neck help your eyes focus on nearby objects, but the longer you use these muscles, the more tired they become. Eventually, they can become tired and sore (just like any other muscle in the body), resulting in DES.

Blue light is a type of High Energy Visible (HEV) light emitted by most digital devices. Unfortunately, blue light scatters more in the eye than other kinds of visible light, requiring more effort to focus and potentially increasing the risk of digital eye strain over time. Research suggests that blue light can also affect your circadian rhythms, making restful sleep more difficult after using digital devices.

What Can I Do About Digital Eye Strain?

We recommend a few strategies for people suffering from DES:

  • Rest your eyes by following the 20-20-20 rule. Once every 20 minutes, take 20 seconds to look at an object 20 feet away from you. This change in focus gives your eye muscles a chance to relax and can reduce the fatigue DES causes.
  • Some types of eyewear are designed to filter blue light. Ask one of our eye doctors or opticians about lenses that can help with screen fatigue.

You don’t have to throw away your devices to reduce your risk of DES. If your devices are causing distress for your eyes, reach out and let us help you find a solution.

Where to find us

Eye Effects

Find us in the Strathcona Square Shopping Centre, just past Sobeys and next to RBC Royal Bank.

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Our Address

#108-555 Strathcona Boulevard SW
Calgary, AB T3H 2S8

Office Hours

Monday
9 AM5 PM
Tuesday
9 AM8 PM
Wednesday
9 AM5 PM
Thursday
9 AM8 PM
Friday
9 AM3 PM
Saturday
9 AM3 PM
Sunday
Closed

Forsight Vision Centre

Find our Didsbury office in Didsbury Plaza, behind Home Hardware and Dick’s Auto Service.

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Our Address

2032 17th Avenue
Didsbury, AB T0M 0W0

Office Hours

Monday
9 AM5 PM
Tuesday
9 AM8 PM
Wednesday
9 AM5 PM
Thursday
9 AM8 PM
Friday
9 AM3 PM
Saturday
9 AM3 PM
Sunday
Closed

Find us in the Strathcona Square Shopping Centre, just past Sobeys and next to RBC Royal Bank.

Contact Information

Our Address

#108-555 Strathcona Boulevard SW
Calgary, AB T3H 2S8

Office Hours

Monday
9 AM5 PM
Tuesday
9 AM8 PM
Wednesday
9 AM5 PM
Thursday
9 AM8 PM
Friday
9 AM3 PM
Saturday
9 AM3 PM
Sunday
Closed

Find our Didsbury office in Didsbury Plaza, behind Home Hardware and Dick’s Auto Service.

Contact Information

Our Address

2032 17th Avenue
Didsbury, AB T0M 0W0

Office Hours

Monday
9 AM5 PM
Tuesday
9 AM8 PM
Wednesday
9 AM5 PM
Thursday
9 AM8 PM
Friday
9 AM3 PM
Saturday
9 AM3 PM
Sunday
Closed

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