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National Save Your Vision Month – Digital Eyestrain Awareness

March is National Save Your Vision Month, presented by the American Optometric Association. This year, the AOA is promoting awareness surrounding digital eyestrain.

According to the 2016 American Eye-Q® survey, 88 percent of Americans know that digital devices can negatively affect their vision, but the average American still spends seven or more hours per day looking at their screens. This overexposure to blue light – high-energy visible light emitted from digital devices – can lead to digital eye strain, sleep problems, blurred vision, headaches, neck and shoulder pain, and more.

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Reducing Digital Eyestrain

Digital devices are an important part of everyday life, and because of this you need to learn about blue light and how it impacts your vision and health during Save Your Vision Month. Here are some of the ways that you can protect your eyes and monitor your digital screen usage while at home or work:

  • Power down before you turn in: Turn your digital devices off at least one hour before bed.
  • Unplug with the AOA 20-20-20 rule: When using any device or computer, make a conscious effort every day to take a 20-second break and look away from the screen, every 20 minutes and view something 20 feet away.
  • Step back: Maintain a comfortable working distance from your digital device by using the zoom feature to see small print and details, rather than bringing the device closer to your eyes.
  • Adjust your device to fit your needs: The AOA recommends reducing the glare by adjusting the device settings or using an anti-glare filter to decrease the amount of blue light emitted by the screen.
  • Schedule an appointment for eye care services: Visit one of our eye care physicians to schedule a same day doctor appointment for a comprehensive eye exam to detect and address vision problems.

See an Eye Care Physician for Optometry Services

If you think you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above due to prolonged exposure to blue light, schedule an appointment for eye care services in Davie, FL with one of our eye care physicians at Primary Care Physicians of Florida. Call us at 1-866-983-9191 or complete our simple online contact form to schedule a comprehensive eye exam today.

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