Tied to your digital devices for hours every day? The increase in screen time can cause eye strain and fatigue. Symptoms include watery eyes, double vision, neck, back, head pain and difficulty concentrating. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, here’s what you can do.
- GET A COMPREHENSIVE EYE EXAM – We recommended getting a comprehensive eye exam to prevent or treat eye strain and fatigue. Make sure to tell your optometrist how many hours a day you are using digital devices.
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- ADJUST YOUR SCREEN – Place the screen directly in front of you, about an arm’s length away, so that the top of the screen is at or just below eye level.
You can also adjust the brightness of your screen so that it’s similar to the brightness of your surrounding workstation. For example, take a look at the white background of this page. If it looks like a light source, it’s probably too bright. If it seems dull, it might be too dark.
- REDUCE BLUE LIGHT EXPOSURE – Wearing glasses with blue light filtering lenses can reduce eye strain, making your eyes feel more awake. We recommend purchasing a lens package with Blue Protect included if you spend a lot of time in front of screens. If you want to learn more about blue light and how it impacts your vision, check out our blog.
- ADJUST YOUR LIGHTING – Bright lighting and glares can strain your eyes, cause squinting and make it difficult to see. Eye strain often is caused by excessively bright light either from outdoor sunlight coming in through a window or from harsh interior lighting.
- GIVE YOUR EYES A BREAK – Take a break from the screen using the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.
- USE EYE DROPS – If you are experience dry eyes, use eye drops to give your eyes some relief. Keeping your eyes lubricated can reduce symptoms. During your next eye exam, ask your optometrist which eye drops they recommend for you.
- BLINK MORE OFTEN – Many people blink less when working at a computer, which can contribute to dry eyes. Try to make it a habit to blink more often when looking at a screen.