Repetitive Stress Versus Digital Eye Strain
Repetitive strain injury is a well-known danger to workers. Sitting the wrong way at a desk or in the driver’s seat or long hours standing and performing the same motions can all take their toll on your body. The danger lies in the way your muscles lack a low impact posture, rest, and manageable loads for extended periods of time.
Working on a computer, especially with poor technique and posture, can cause repetitive stress to not only your body but your eyes as well. Your eyes use several muscles to focus your vision, and long hours spent looking at a digital screen can cause them stress. Digital eye strain is a form of repetitive stress on your eyes.
Digital Eye Strain
Your eyes rely on several critical muscles that flex to focusing your eyesight. You likely don’t even notice, but using a computer over long periods force your eyes to work harder than they’re used to.
Device use causes extra stress on your eyes because people often:
- Don’t blink enough when looking at a screen.
- Angle their screens improperly.
- View devices with glare or reflection.
- Use devices with poor contrast and brightness.