Top Tips to Keep Your Eyes Healthy
Posted by Medavie Blue Cross on February 6, 2024
Whether it's for work or leisure, we find ourselves spending an extensive amount of time in front of screens every day. As of 2022, Canadians were using social media an average of two hours a day, more than six hours using the internet and over three hours watching television.1
These extended hours of screen time can put a lot of strain on our eyes and cause eye fatigue. In fact, research shows that Canadian optometrists have seen an increase in vision problems consistent with the rise in screen time, especially since the pandemic.
There’s even a name for a condition caused by spending too much time in front of screens. It’s called Computer Vision Syndrome, and common symptoms are headaches, eye strain, blurred vision, eye irritation, double vision, excessive tearing or dry eyes, eye pain, or excessive blinking. Even people with perfect vision may experience these symptoms with prolonged computer use and the extra pressure it places on our eyes.
Book an appointment
You don’t need a referral to reserve an appointment with an optometrist and most insurance plans reimburse fa portion of the cost. Find a doctor near you and get your eyes tested today. An eye exam is sometimes the only way to detect common eye diseases, such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, and age-related macular degeneration, in their early stages.
The Canadian Association of Optometrists has an extensive library of information to help Canadians maintain optimal eye health and vision care. Check it out.
Also, familiarize yourself with the coverage available to you under your insurance plan to keep your eyes healthy and prevent vision loss.
1 Statistics Canada