Digital Eye Strain Relief in Whitehorse

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A More Comfortable Digital Working Life

Did you know that just a few hours of working at a computer or other screen daily can cause headaches, sore eyes, and blurred vision? These are all possible symptoms of digital eye strain, also known as computer vision syndrome.

You don’t have to quit your day job to find relief. An eye exam can help to reveal whether you have any uncorrected vision issues that might be causing you discomfort. An updated prescription, specialty lens coatings, or simple changes to your workspace can all contribute to more comfortable vision.

What Is Digital Eye Strain?

When you use a screen, your eyes have to work harder to focus than they do during other visual tasks.  At the same time, there are concerns with the blue light emitted from your screen being harder on your eyes than other colours of the visual spectrum.  Another factor that can create discomfort for a person’s eyes when using computer screens is the tendency to blink much less which can create the evaporative dry eye.

All these factors can contribute to digital eye strain. Symptoms of digital eyes strain include:

  • Headaches
  • Tired, sore eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Double vision
  • Excessive tearing or dry eyes
  • Excessive blinking

Relieving Digital Eye Strain

We can help identify the likely causes of your digital eye strain symptoms with an eye exam and work with you to find solutions for your discomfort.

For some people, eye strain while working on a computer is a result of an uncorrected refractive error, such as astigmatism (blurry vision both near and far), nearsightedness (blurry distance vision), or farsightedness (blurry near vision). An updated glasses or contact lens prescription can make a big difference in your comfort.

Eye strain could also be a result of uncorrected presbyopia, which is a naturally occurring change in the lens of the eye that tends to hit in a person’s 40s. It causes trouble seeing things at reading distance.

Correcting your presbyopia with multifocal contacts, progressive lenses or bifocals can relieve digital eye strain symptoms.

Some people find relief from digital eye strain by wearing blue-light-blocking or -filtering glasses, which may help your eyes deal with the high-energy blue light emitted by digital devices.

We offer blue-light blocking coatings from various companies as well as relaxing lenses such as Nikon RelaxSee.

Make sure to give your eyes a break throughout the workday. The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends following the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break to look at something at least 20 feet away.

Be sure to blink throughout your workday, too, to keep your eyes hydrated. If your eyes often feel dry, you may want to ask your optometrist about dry eye therapy.

Adjusting Your Workspace

A few changes to your desk setup can make you more comfortable throughout your day. In your exam, we can provide suggestions specific to your workspace.

General recommendations include:

  • Adjusting your monitor to be at arm’s length from you, and about 10 to 12 centimetres below eye level
  • Adjusting nearby lighting to eliminate glare on your screen or using an anti-glare filter on your monitor
  • Placing any documents you’re referencing below your monitor and above your keyboard to minimize head movements between the 2, if possible

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Our Address

  • 2093 2nd Avenue
  • Whitehorse, YT
    Y1A 1B5

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Find us in downtown Whitehorse across from the Yukon Visitor Information Centre, just steps from Main Street and the Yukon River.

For your convenience, we are wheelchair accessible.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday: 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

Hours of operation may vary on holidays.

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