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DIGITAL EYE STRAIN

According to a report from The Vision Council, people may suffer from discomfort after only two hours of screen use. Since 80% of American adults report using digital devices for more than two hours per day, it’s no surprise the percentage of patients complaining of digital eye strain is high. But what about patients who wear contact lenses? Optometric Office asked how you advise your patients who wear contact lenses and suffer from digital eye strain.

What products or therapeutics have you suggested patients try to minimize their symptoms?

“Artificial tears.”

“I recommend Systane Complete. Sometimes patients tell me what they are using to confirm it is ok and I authorize those also.”

“A blue light protection screen for their computer monitor.”

“Blink Contacts lubricating eye drops; clean, warm compresses; lid scrubs; digital massage; vision therapy; prism glasses; Eyezen lenses; workspace lenses; Lipiflow.”

“Use rewetting drops; wear daily disposable lenses.”

“Prescribe Neurolens prism lenses.”

“Oasis lubricating drops.”

“Refresh tears with improved frequent blinks and mild readers if presbyopia (measure/calculate accordingly) is present.”

“FreshKote lubricant eye drops.”

“Fish oil supplements, hot compresses, gel tears at bed time, and artificial tears.”

“Clerz Plus eye drops.”

“Daily disposable contact lenses; Biofinity Energys contact lenses; re-wetting drops; adding Omega-3 supplements to diet; and using blue blocking materials.”

“Dietary supplements for dry eyes and/or re-wetting drops.”

“Digital boost lenses.”

“Humidifier, rewetting drops, Biofinity Energys contact lenses, low add soft
multifocal.”

“Humidifier.”

“I recommend Acuvue Oasys 1-Day contact lenses, artificial tears or re-wetting drops, Crizal Prevencia anti-reflective (AR) lens and/or a blue blocker tint.”

“Humidifier, re-wetting drops, general hydration, taking breaks (20-20-20 rule), blink education, punctal plugs.”

“Lid scrubs and drops.”

“Refresh Tears or other similar artificial tears, Gunnar computer glasses, office lenses with blue AR coating.”

“Treat dry eye first.”

What lifestyle recommendations do you suggest to patients who experience digital eye strain symptoms?

“I tell patients to write the word ‘blink’ on a Post-it note and put it on the computer monitor and every time they see it, blink really hard.”

“The 20-20-20 Rule (every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds), adjust the screen’s brightness and wear multifocal lenses.”

“I provide a handout with ergonomic modifications and recommended working distances.”

“Wear blue-light protective eyeglasses with contacts.”

“Use the F.lux app on devices. The free download warms the computer’s display at night to match indoor lighting.”

“Nutritional supplements for dry eyes; the “3-B” approach (Blink, Breathe and Break) and the 20/20/20 rule. I always try to get environmental information to suggest best practices.”

“Take a break from the screen every hour.”

“Walk around every 30 minutes.”

“Use blue light filters on digital devices.”

“Seated position (screen 15° to 20° below eye level and 20 to 28 inches from the eyes) and lighting.”

“The 20-20-20 rule; computer apps to remind patients of time; eye exercises to perform; specific apps that automatically adjust screen brightness; anti-glare screens for computers; stretching movements to perform during the day at computer; recommendations for regular chiropractic care and massage.”

“Spend no more than 20 minutes on the phone, 40 minutes on an iPad or 60 minutes on a computer.”

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