Digital Eye Strain in North York

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Give Your Eyes a Much Needed Break

Digital devices play a significant role in our daily lives. However, prolonged device use can cause considerable stress on our eyes and eye muscles, causing discomfort and fatigue.

Symptoms of digital eye strain include:

  • Sore, tired eyes
  • Overly watery eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Sore neck, back, or shoulders
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Headaches
  • Sensitivity to light

Please visit us for a comprehensive eye exam if you are experiencing sudden changes in your vision. We can help you manage symptoms associated with digital eye strain and recommend lifestyle changes to reduce eye strain going forward.

Things to Consider

If you have trouble focusing or have blurry vision, you may have an undiagnosed refractive error. Nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism can affect your vision at various distances. Using digital devices for prolonged periods without adequate breaks can exacerbate symptoms and cause significant discomfort.

If you suspect you may need eyeglasses or contact lenses, please book an appointment for a thorough evaluation.

Tips to Decrease Discomfort

Have a Proper Set Up

Setting can affect how hard your eyes, eye muscles, and brain have to work to focus on digital devices and screens. Some guidelines that can help reduce strain include:

  • Keeping your screen around an arm’s length from your eyes and around 20 degrees below eye level
  • Positioning your screen and devices to avoid glare or apply an anti-glare cover
  • Using devices in a well-lit room
  • Keeping your screen free from fingerprints and dust

When using digital devices for long periods, it is essential to remember to take breaks. The 20-20-20 rule helps to give the eyes a chance to refocus and relax. Every 20 minutes, take 20 seconds to focus on something 20 feet away. Resting your eyes with the 20-20-20 rule works in the same way as getting up and stretching your legs after sitting for a long time.

Additionally, remember to blink! On average, we blink 12 times per minute. However, when we are focusing on digital devices, we tend to blink only 5 times per minute. Blinking can keep the eyes lubricated and reduce discomfort.

We are happy to evaluate your eyes if you are experiencing symptoms of digital eye strain. Please give us a call if you have any questions!


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We have been serving the Greater Toronto Area since 1995. Our clinic is right on the corner of Finch Avenue West and Endell Street.

Our Address

244 Finch Avenue West
Toronto, ON M2R 1M7

Contact Information

Phone: (416) 222-7788
Text: (647) 370-2673
Fax: (416) 222-5370
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Hours of Operations

9 AM5 PM
11 AM7 PM
8 AM4 PM
9 AM5 PM
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Our office remains locked during office hours and all visits are currently by appointment only.
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