Nearly 80% of Americans with Digital Eye Strain Use Multiple Screens

“Second Screen” Trend May Worsen Eye Symptoms


LAS VEGAS — Nearly eight of every 10 Americans who suffer from digital eye strain (DES) use two or more devices simultaneously, according to a nationwide survey released today at the International Consumer Electronics Show.  The report by The Vision Council, Eyes Overexposed: Digital Device Dilemma, is based on a survey of more than 10,000 adults. It finds that 65 percent of Americans experience symptoms of digital eye strain, such as dry, irritated eyes, blurred vision, neck and back pain and headaches.

A combination of factors foster the onset of digital eye strain, including the proximity of the screen, the frequency and duration of use and the degree of exposure to blue light emitted by video screens.

Solutions exist to help alleviate DES and prevent potential long-term effects on vision, including computer eyewear, which have lenses constructed specifically for the mid-distance range at which users typically view a digital screen. The lenses are customized to reduce blurriness, decrease brightness, block blue light, and minimize glare while working in front of a screen—or multiple screens.

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