New Tecumseth Optometry Clinic
4 Victoria St E Alliston ON L9R 1T4 (705) 435-2020
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Alliston, ON
(705) 243-9231

Digital Eye Strain

Don’t suffer as a result of digital eye strain.

Do You Suffer From Headaches or Eye Irritation?

Extensive use of digital displays and devices can have an adverse impact on your eye health (and health overall). Symptoms ranging from headaches to dry or irritated eyes are typical of people suffering from digital eye strain.

What is Digital Eye Strain & What Are Its Symptoms?

Digital eye strain is the term coined to describe adverse symptoms associated with the use of computer screens, smartphones, tablets, and other devices with small displays. These symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Blurry vision, dry eyes
  • Itchy, irritated eyes
  • Loss of focus, inability to retain focus
  • Decreased blink rate

These symptoms aren’t as a result of digital devices so much as they are a result of the way we use them.

Digital Eye Strain Can Often Be Treated Easily

Environmental Changes

In most cases, modifying your environment and use of digital displays will alleviate symptoms of digital eye strain. This is especially true if you work on a computer.

Steps to take when using devices with screens:

  • When working at a computer, position your screen so that it sits at least 1 meter away
  • Ensure the area is well lit via ambient lighting. Be careful to avoid glare on your screen
  • Follow the 20/20 rule – Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds
  • Ensure your eyes are well lubricated. AKA, blink

Is Software A Solution?

You can now find software that will auto-adjust the colour and lighting intensity coming from your smartphone and computer. This reduces the visual impact on your eyes, filters out blue light, and makes the screen less impactful and jarring.

If environmental or usage changes aren’t noticeably impacting your digital eye strain, we can provide you with specialized glasses with lenses that reduce the impact of screens on your vision. If you think you require further treatment after making environmental modifications, book an eye exam and note your concerns during your booking.

What You'll Find at New Tecumseth Optometry

Our clinic is completely wheelchair accessible and has been recently renovated to update our exam and testing rooms. You’ll also find our eyewear boutique showing off many of the latest styles of frames and sunglasses from trendy new brands, as well as your old favourites from brands you already love.

Thanks to our on-site lab, we are able to significantly reduce the lead time between when you receive your prescription and when your new set of glasses or sunglasses are ready. Using our Optics Lab, we are better able to monitor quality of the lenses and frames that we offer our patients and clients.

At NTOC we have advanced imaging equipment called the Cirrus HD-OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography). The OCT not only takes pictures of the eye, it can also take direct cross-sectional images of the retina and optic nerve thereby screening for eye disease such as macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, and glaucoma. It is a very useful tool for early diagnosis and management of eye disease.
Click here to learn more about OCT Imaging

Location Information

We are located in the heart of Alliston.
Found on the corner of Church St N and Victoria St E, our clinic is easy to find. If you are unfamiliar with the area, we are across the street from the Alliston Library, and just east of the Bank of Montreal.

Free parking is available behind the Dollar Store as well as the Town Square.

Address

4 Victoria St E
Alliston, ON L9R 1T4

Contact Information

Phone: (705) 243-9231
Fax: (705) 435-5031
  • Monday: 8:30am - 5pm
  • Tuesday: 8:30am - 8pm
  • Wednesday: 8:30am - 8pm
  • Thursday: 8:30am - 8pm
  • Friday: 9:30am - 5pm
  • Saturday: 8am - 1pm
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Dr. Hani Amarnath
  • Dr. John Peacock
  • And Associates
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