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A report recently released by The Vision Council finds that nearly 70% of U.S. adults experience digital eye strain while on digital devices –

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including computers, tablets and smartphones. Yet, about half of adults don’t know how to or have never tried to reduce their visual discomfort. As the market experiences a surge in high technology-related digital device purchases, computer glasses and other “eyegonomic” techniques are encouraged to minimize strain.

The Vision Council describes digital eye strain as the physical discomfort experienced after two or more hours in front of a digital screen. Symptoms typically include dry, red or irritated eyes; blurred vision; fatigued eyes; back, neck or shoulder pain; and/or headaches. While not permanent, digital eye strain can be painful and irritating and often affects work productivity.

In addition to tiring the eye’s focusing system, many digital devices emit high-energy visible (HEV) or blue light, which may have long-term effects on vision health. Research suggests that overexposure to HEV light can damage the retina and increase the likelihood and severity of eye disorders such as age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. However, The Vision Council finds that six in 10 adults are unaware of the harmful consequences of HEV light.

To view or download a copy of DigitEYEzed: The Daily Impact of Digital Screens on the Eye Health of Americans, visit The Vision Council online at www.thevisioncouncil.org.

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