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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 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

Software as 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.

Specialized Treatments

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.

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NTOC Testimonials

  • Since 2004, Dr. Peacock and Dr. Amarnath of NTOC have very capably managed my eye care needs in conjunction with my Ophthalmologist. As a regular patient at their clinic, I can attest to their competence and to their hightech equipment. The NTOC Optometrists have an excellent working relationship with the two Ophthalmologists who have privileges at Stevenson Memorial Hospital. This is so important to their patients who are determined to require the next level of eye care. Their staff are very pleasant, friendly and helpful. NTOC is a great place to entrust your eyes.

    J.J. Paul Whiteside, CMA, FCMA, Alliston

  • Dr. Amarnath and Dr. Peacock have been more than accommodating under both our planned and emergency situations. NTOC always provides flexible options and they are always happy to see us. Each visit is a very positive experience. The services and products they provide are comprehensive, but not high-pressured, and they provide service and guarantees that are much higher than industry standards. We totally enjoy and appreciate being their patients and recommend NTOC without reservation.

    Maryann & Gordon Foy, Alliston

  • When I experienced a serious eye condition in 2006, I was very impressed with the knowledge, expertise, and quick response by Dr. Amarnath and his team at NTOC. I was referred to an eye specialist the very same day, and my follow-up care was thorough and efficient, even to this day. This team works with absolute professionalism, and I would highly recommend them to my family and friends.

    Gregg Fullarton, Cookstown

  • I have been a patient of Dr. Peacock since 2002, and find him to be very competent and thorough. Dr.Peacock genuinely listens to any concerns I have about my eyes, and takes the time to enquire with interest about my family. His team is always pleasant, polite and helpful, making me feel very comfortable when I visit the clinic.

    Patricia Murphy, New Tecumseth

  • I was very impressed with my first visit. From the moment I walked in, the staff was more than friendly and she did her best to explain procedures and tests that would be done today. I am a very nervous eye patient and Dr. Peacock did everything to ease my tensions and explain all procedures. When choosing my glasses, I felt very confident in her suggestions and was very pleased with the time taken to ensure the correct choice and fit. All in all, I am thrilled with my choice of optometrist office. And, I look forward to my next visit. Something I have never experienced before. Thank you.

    Merry Clayton, New Tecumseth