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Do You and Your Kids Need Special Eyeglasses for the Computer?

Our Salmon Arm and Chase, BC Eye Doctor Explains Digital Eyestrain

We depend constantly upon digital devices to survive in our modern, contemporary life. These functional, sleek, high-speed gadgets are how we connect, find information, work and play. Nowadays, when people are forced to live even for a short while without their electronic devices, many people find it to be extremely difficult, if not impossible! However, being connected constantly carries particular health risks for your eyes. Extended periods spent gazing at digital screens of any size (from the mini phones to large monitors) can lead to Digital Eyestrain or Computer Vision Syndrome. What is this condition, and can specialized computer glasses prevent it?

What is Computer Vision? technology computer woman blue light

Computer vision is comprised of a mix of uncomfortable or painful symptoms that vary between individuals. In general, the severity of irritation is proportionate to the quantity of time spent regularly using digital gadgets. Also, untreated vision conditions, such as farsightedness, astigmatism, presbyopia and weak eye coordination, can increase the level of your uncomfortable symptoms. That’s why our eye doctors in Salmon River and Chase, British Columbia urge everyone to visit for regular eye exams to verify that your vision prescription is accurate.

The typical symptoms of computer vision include:

  • The constant need to blink or rub your eyes
  • Eyestrain and fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Dry eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Neck and shoulder painafrican american computer

What causes Computer Vision and Digital Eyestrain?

No matter which way you look at it, staring at a screen stresses your visual system. For starters, the font may not be clear and crisp enough to see clearly, and the contrast between text and background is often poor. In addition, the angle of your seat in relation to your screen may strain your back and neck, along with stressing your eye muscles.

Blue light, emitted by all digital devices, is another primary culprit behind Computer vision. With one of the shortest wavelengths on the visible light spectrum, blue light flickers with high-energy. This can create a disturbing glow that affects visual comfort. Over time, the flickering may lead to uncomfortable body symptoms. The cumulative effects of blue light may also threaten the long-lasting eye health of you and your children, as it has been linked to an increased rate of retinal damage and macular degeneration in the future.

If all of that isn’t scary enough, blue light may also affect sleep, because it interferes with circadian rhythms and the REM cycle of sleep. Getting a good night’s rest can be hard enough for young kids, teens, and adults. Why let blue light make it even harder?


Please be advised that all office visits including exams, frame selections, repairs, pick-ups, and drop-offs are by appointment only. We are required to wear a face mask in our office and ask that you bring yours to your appointment.

We are happy to serve our patients and community and are committed to keeping you as safe as possible.

Thank you.

The Shuswap Optometric Team