Australia is one of the most mobile-centric countries in the world, with Australians spending at least ten hours a day in front of digital screens. Undeniably, the world is significantly changing due to the rapid advances in technology, affecting how we shop, socialise, learn, and communicate. However, our eyes are not accustomed to staring at millions of glowing pixels, bright screens, and tiny small fonts for long periods of time and as a result, digital eye strain (DES) occurs.
Digital eye strain arises when there is an overuse of digital devices. It can take up to only two hours in front of a digital screen for you to suffer from digital eye strain. The symptoms commonly associated with DES are tired eyes, dry eyes, red eyes, blurred vision, headaches and neck and shoulder pain.
These symptoms are linked proportionally to the number of hours spent in front of digital screens and also on the amount of harmful blue light that is being emitted. Blue light is a colour in the visible light spectrum that can be seen by the human eye. Digital devices emit this blue light and over time, can cause serious long term damage to your eyes. Reducing the amount exposure to blue light will also help with the discomfort of digital eye strain.
Here are some stats to prove how much of a digital nation we are:
- 81% of Australians own a smart phone
- 96% of 18-34 year olds own a smart phone
- 69% often multi-task while using a smart phone or tablet