Two-thirds of adults report digital eye strain

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The Alexandria-based The Vision Council reports that more than one-third of U.S. adults spend four to six hours a day on electronic devices, and 14 percent report daily use of 10 to 12 hours.

Digital eye strain symptoms can include eye redness or irritation, dry eyes, blurred vision, eye fatigue or pain in the back, shoulders or neck.

“Digital device use can exacerbate discomfort in people with existing problems like latent eye muscle imbalance, astigmatism, farsightedness and presbyopia,” Justin Bazan, a member of the Better Vision Institute, said in a statement. “The corrective eyewear prescribed for these issues is not intended for mid-distance range and can actually add to discomfort if used at a computer.”

Eye care experts recommend purchasing a separate pair of eyeglasses design to relieve eye muscles and improve screen contrast while reducing glare.

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