Digital eye strain is now one of the biggest complaints opticians and specialist eye practices are starting to treat. Everyday millions of people stare at computers, tablets, e-readers, smartphones and a host of other electronic devices. For some people checking their phone or tablet is the first thing they do when they wake up!
Computer related eye problems have become an increasingly common problem all throughout the UK and other westernised countries. In 2015 research carried out reported that over 65% of British adults reported having problems with their eyes associated with digital eye strain.Associated eye strain issues are; dry eye syndrome, eye twitches, double vision, increase in headaches, burning eyes and an increased need to wear glasses for reading or specifically for looking at your computer.
It is recommended that adults and children do not spend any longer than 2 hours per day in front of a computer or digital device. If you work in an office and use a computer everyday, you do not have the luxury of being able to walk away after two hours. Many adults will also return home and watch TV or look at their phones and tablets.Many adults will look at digital devices for over 8 hours a day, with children following close behind at 6 hours per day. Many schools will now use tablets to teach lessons, so the issue will only increase.Computer eye strain is something we can at least try and do something about to reduce the impact on our eyes, but there are many other eye associated diseases that we have little control over.We take our eyes for granted so often in our lives, that it is only when something goes wrong that we appreciate how integral they are. The increase in vitreoretinal eye surgery within the UK is in part down to people going to an eye specialist when they notice an issue, over recent years people have failed to go and have their eyes checked if they noticed a problem with their vision.What does vitreoretinal eye surgery cover? Vitreoretinal is a specific type of medical procedure that treats conditions associated with the back of the eye, especially for a condition called retinal detachment.
Retinal detachment is a condition where the retina at the back of the eye becomes detached from the blood vessels it is connected too, this then leads it to lose supply to vital oxygen and nutrients. Prompt treatment and vitreoretinal eye surgery is required to stop the patient from losing sight in the effected eye.