By the Midland Daily News

Everywhere we look, we’re reading, shopping, banking or being entertained online on digital devices small and large — at work, at school, at play and on our way in-between.
According to the American Optometric Association’s 2014 American Eye-Q survey, 55 percent of adults use computers, smartphones, tablets or other hand-held devices for five or more hours a day. And a separate AOA survey showed that 83 percent of children between the ages of 10 and 17 use an electronic device for more than three hours a day. Digital use will continue to increase, making it more important than ever for consumers to make smart eye care choices and to see an eye doctor for yearly comprehensive eye exams, the American Optometric Association states.

Below are three tips from the American Optometric Association and the Michigan Optometric Association in observance of AOA’s Save Your Vision Month in March:

Give your eyes a break
The AOA and the MOA recommend following the 20-20-20 rule to ward off digital eye strain — take a 20-second break every 20 minutes and view something 20 feet away.
“Although ongoing technology use doesn’t permanently damage vision, regular, lengthy use of technology may lead to a temporary condition called digital eye strain,” said Dr. Mark Swan, professor at Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University and a practicing optometrist in Rockford. “Symptoms can include burning or tired eyes, headaches, fatigue, loss of focus, blurred vision, double vision or head and neck pain.”
Early research has also shown that overexposure to high-energy, short-wavelength blue and violet light emitted from electronic devices may also contribute to digital eye strain.
Blue light could also increase the likelihood of developing serious eye conditions such as age-related macular degeneration. Optometrists offer lens options including non-glare, filtering lenses, to help protect vision from harmful blue light.
Be a savvy shopper
Shopping online can be great for some products that aren’t individually custom-made like prescription eyeglasses are; health and safety trump convenience when it comes to eyewear.
Internet orders often result in incorrect prescriptions or other problems with products that get sent through the mail, costing consumers more time and money in the long run, the AOA stated.
According to a 2011 study conducted by the AOA, the Optical Laboratories Association and The Vision Council, nearly half of all glasses ordered online had either prescription errors or failed to meet minimum safety standards……
Source: Our Midland