Early detection of digital eye strain symptoms is essential in preventing adverse effects on quality of life
The time spent on computers and other digital devices has significantly increased in today’s digital age. This increased time can cause digital eye strain (DES).
According to optometrist Abby Suzana from Paris Miki, the most common symptoms of DES are headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes, and pain in the neck and shoulders.
“These symptoms may be brought on by poor lighting, digital screen glare, near viewing, bad posture, uncorrected vision issues, or a combination of these things.
“Many visual symptoms that users experience are only temporary and will disappear once they reduce or stop using computers or other digital devices.”
She however said some individuals may experience continued reduced visual abilities, such as blurred distance vision, even after stopping work at a computer.
“If nothing is done to address the cause of the issue, the symptoms will persist and may even worsen with further exposure to digital screens. These adverse effects can result in infection or even blindness.”
Impact of eye strain on daily lifestyle
According to Abby, one or a combination of DES symptoms would affect their quality of life.
“Mobility and daily tasks can be hampered by blurry vision and difficulty in focusing. Additionally, when one begins to experience eye pain and sensitivity, concentration is disturbed, lowering the productivity of the task. Even if symptoms are mild, DES can still impact computer work accuracy.
“DES can have an impact on mental health and mood swings. One can become irritable and moody with headaches, discomfort, and poor vision. Additionally, depression and anxiety are brought on by ongoing worry and the fear of losing vision.”
She said digital device blue light disrupts sleep because it interferes with the body’s ability to get ready for sleep by blocking the hormone melatonin, which causes drowsiness and sleepiness.
“Disruption of sleep cycle causes feelings of tiredness upon waking up and throughout the day, which has a negative impact on performance and productivity.
“It is also noteworthy that continuous screen time does not just affect the eyes and vision, but it also harms overall health and wellbeing. Too much screen time can lead to obesity and chronic neck and back problems.”
Providing high-quality products
Paris Miki was first established in Japan in the 1930s and was named after its first overseas outlet location, Paris, and its founder, Miki. In 1989, Paris Miki opened its first outlet in Malaysia. Since then, the company has expanded to six outlets.
After graduating in 2007, Abby joined Paris Miki as an optometrist. She has been working at their Bandar Utama location, the second outlet in Malaysia that was opened on Sept 16, 1995.
Paris Miki specialises in a wide range of high-quality products exclusively from Japan, including frames and the latest technology of contact lenses.
It is also recognised as an ACUVUE eye health centre. According to Abby, the ACUVUE contact lens product line can address a variety of vision impairments, including astigmatism and dry eyes.
“Most of our customers find the ACUVUE contact lenses comfortable to wear because they are appropriate for most leisure and work settings. Most ACUVUE contact lens wearers do not want to switch to another brand because of its quality and comfort.
Paris Miki will also participate in World Sight Day 2022 in October by educating the public and its clients through its social media channels, urging them to take good care of their eyes and avoid vision loss. – The Health