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Eye Strain, Screen Time, and Car Accidents


Recognizing the signs of eye strain, and taking them seriously once they are noticed, can go a long way in reducing the risk of accidents caused by impaired vision. After all, driving is a visual task that requires acute attention and precise judgment. When your eyes are fatigued or strained, your ability to navigate the road could be compromised, leading to an increased risk of accidents.

If you were hurt in a Clearwater, Hudson, or Tampa car collision and believe your accident injury is a direct result of poor sight or a driver failing to adopt the preventative measures, connect with legal support to explore your recovery options.

Dangers of Driving with Fatigued Eyes

Eye strain, or asthenopia, is a condition that results from prolonged use of the eyes for activities such as reading, working on a computer, or staring at a computer screen. Extended periods of screen time, especially without breaks, contributes significantly to the prevalence of eye strain. Driving risks are heightened when eyes are fatigued and visibility is compromised.

Some common indicators of fatigued eyes:

  • Blurry vision. If your vision becomes blurred or hazy, it’s a clear signal that your eyes are fatigued.
  • Eye discomfort. Pain, itching, or a feeling of dryness can be symptoms of eye strain.
  • Tired eyes can lead to headaches, especially after extended screen time or work.
  • Difficulty focusing. When your eyes are tired and you find it challenging to focus on objects, particularly distant ones, it’s time to give your eyes a break.
  • Increased light sensitivity. If you become more sensitive to light than usual, it could be a symptom of eye strain.

Recognizing the warning signs of eye strain is only the first step, because you need to take the next step and adjust your behavior accordingly. If you experience eye strain, it’s advisable to postpone or delay a trip if you plan to travel by car. Or, consider asking someone else to drive if you’re unable to see clearly. Driving with fatigued eyes is not only a risk to your safety but also to the safety of others on the road.

Best Practices for Preventing Eye Strain

Preventing eye strain is key to maintaining clear vision and promoting safe driving, and there are things you can do. You can take breaks from screen use and adjust screen settings to ensure that your screen brightness, contrast, and font size are comfortable for your eyes. Regular eye check-ups are also essential to address any underlying vision issues.

Should a vehicular accident occur due to you or another person being unable to see clearly as a result of eye fatigue, connect with a skilled Florida personal injury lawyer to discuss recovery options.

Is a driver’s visual issue responsible for your injury? Everyone needs to prioritize vision for the sake of road safety. That said, not all Florida drivers have healthy eyes and clear vision. If you need monetary support after sustaining an auto accident injury, connect with over 100 years of combined legal experience. Make a confidential appointment with the attorneys at Roman & Roman. Schedule a free consultation today.

Although the law firm of Roman & Roman has offices in Clearwater, Hudson and Tampa, we handle cases and claims throughout  Florida. We also meet personally with our clients if at all possible, rather than impersonally over the phone or on the Internet.

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