Why too much screen time is bad for your eyes
Getting headaches, blurred vision or dry eyes from staring at your screen? Follow these expert tips to beat digital eye strain.
Whether you’re using a computer for work or settling into a Netflix binge session, your daily dose of screen time could be digitally draining the health of your eyes. Screen images are made up of many tiny pixels, making your eyes work harder than staring at a stable object like a print book. Your eyes also aren't meant to stare at a fixed distance for too long.
When your eyes are glued the screen for two or more hours, whether that's a smartphone, computer, e-reader or television, you can develop digital eye strain. And it's getting worse: the 2022 Vision Index Report by Optometry Australia reports that 88 per cent of people experience sore or tired eyes when using a computer or tablet for work, a 9 per cent increase from 2020.
OPSM have developed range of lenses and lens coatings designed specifically for office workers, which can increase visual comfort and reduce the impact of eye strain symptoms. RACV Members save up to 25% off lenses and lens extras at OPSM.* Members can also access a free Ultra-Wide Digital Retinal Scan at OPSM** to aid in detecting general health issues or eye conditions.