Katzen Eye Group’s Dr. Francisco Burgos on Fox 45
Katzen Eye Group’s Dr. Francisco Burgos visited Fox 45 to discuss computer vision syndrome and digital eye strain and also offered up some helpful tips on how to avoid both.
With the increase of technology use having risen tremendously over the past few decades, the average American now spends at least 8 hours per day in front of a computer screen or some other device. All of this time dedicated to working and looking at screens and monitors certainly takes a major toll on our vision and eyes.
Dr. Burgos stopped by Fox 45 to discuss both computer vision syndrome and digital eye strain. Computer vision syndrome refers to the group of symptoms that develop in individuals who spend long, interrupted amounts of time in front of a computer monitor. Digital eye strain occurs when using smartphones, televisions, tablets, computers, etc. for 2 to 4 hours a day. The use of these devices causes eyes to become tired, strained, irritated, inflamed and red. Dr. Burgos explained that this is because when you are using these devices you blink at least a third less than usual, which can cause discomfort and pain. To avoid these issues, Dr. Burgos suggests getting a comprehensive eye examination to evaluate if there are other issues that could potentially be contributing to the problem. He also recommends that individuals consider their work environment to make sure that there is appropriate lighting and that devices are set up ergonomically. Dr. Burgos also discussed the importance of the 20-20-20 Rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break and look at something 20 feet away.
Watch Dr. Burgos’ interview below.