We live in an increasingly digital world, and it is commonplace to spend hours at a time staring at a digital screen; be it a smartphone, tablet or computer. Workers in western countries spend at least 7 hours a day using a computer, which is almost 2000 hours every year with their eyes staring at a computer screen at work.
Digital Eye Strain, or computer vision syndrome, is a temporary eye condition that occurs as the result of focusing the eyes on a digital display for extended, uninterrupted periods of time.
Digital eye strain is a repetitive strain injury, and occurs in up to 90% of people who use a computer for more than two hours. When people are working at a computer they blink five times less frequently than they normally do, exacerbating the issue.
Studies have shown that sufferers of eyestrain’s productivity is impacted by their eye issues. Employees can use up to 15 minutes of work time a day as a result of digital eye strain, and the knock on effect for the company hits the bottom line. It is estimated that companies are losing more than $2,000 per year per affected employee.