Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Digital Devices and Eyestrain

We are immersed in digital media in every facet of our lives.  My iPhone alone serves the purpose of many devices...camera, web access, email access, texting, as well as an endless choice of apps - not to forget even a flashlight! In a 2012 survey conducted by The Vision council, more than a third of U.S. adults reported spending four to six hours a day with digital media or related electronic devices. Fourteen percent pegged their total at 10 to 12 hours per day.   Our children's digital use mirror's our, as they spend huge amounts as consumers of electronic devices not only in school, but at home or out and about with friends.  Technology is an important tool, and digital habits aren't likely to change anytime soon.

Digital eye strain caused by an overuse of digital devices is a real issue.  What are some strategies and products that will help lessen the problem?   The Atlantic has a story about the Vision Council's recent report on digital eye strain. The sixteen page report (link opens as PDF) includes a couple of graphics that show you how you can reduce the strain on your eyes when working on your computer or smartphone.  This is worth downloading and reviewing.