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Top Tips to Combat Digital Eye Strain


Digital Eye Strain getting in the way of your productivity and making you uncomfortable? Unfortunately, there are seemingly innumerable factors that can cause eye strain which makes correcting it a difficult proposition. Fortunately, we’ve identified some of the best practices that you can implement in order to ensure that your eyes stay healthy and happy.


My 20/20/20

One of the factors involved in eye strain is the unnatural focus and enduring focus of the eye fixing on a static object so close to the face. When reading on a computer screen or typing on your phone your eyes stay relatively still. This can be compared to holding out a glass of water at arm’s length. It seems easy at first, but after a few minutes it becomes increasingly difficult until the glass crashes to the floor.

The best way to combat this and make yourself more comfortable is to practice the 20/20/20 rule: to stare at something 20 feet away, for 20 seconds, every 20 minutes. This allows the eyes to use a variety of muscles, and to set down that figurative glass of water. Learn more about 20/20/20 HERE.


The best way to combat this and make yourself more comfortable is to practice the 20/20/20 rule: to stare at something 20 feet away, for 20 seconds, every 20 minutes. This allows the eyes to use a variety of muscles, and to set down that figurative glass of water. Learn more about 20/20/20 HERE.

Make sure that your glasses are clean- Similarly to looking through a dirty windshield, looking through dirty lenses can strain your eyes. If you wear corrective lenses, either glasses or contacts, making sure that the lenses are clean and are working properly can have a large effect on eye strain.

Ergonomic Set Up- Taking care to ensure that your monitors are the correct distance from your eyes, the screens are at the correct height, the brightness of the display is correct for your office lighting, and even making sure that you have a good chair can all help to alleviate eye strain. Learn more about ergonomic office setup HERE.

Eye Drops- We know that blinking is important to the comfort of our eyes. Don’t believe me? Don’t blink for the next sixty seconds and see how your eyes feel. Shockingly, the blink rate reduces by as much as a factor of 5! Using lubricating eye drops when you know you’re going to be straining your eyes such as when beginning a long project in excel or sitting down to work on a blog post can make a large difference. Learn more about blink rate and eye drops HERE.

Blue Blockers- One of the largest culprits of digital eye strain is over-exposure to blue light, also known as high energy visible light. Emitted by our computer screens in higher concentrations than would exist naturally, our eyes can become irritated, our sleep cycles can be disrupted, and recent research suggests that there may even be potential damage to the retina. The most elegant solution to this is to simply filter the blue light entering the eyes by wearing blue light filtering glasses. Also known as computer glasses, computer reading glasses, or blue blockers, a high quality pair of these lenses can eliminate a large percentage of the irritating rays. Learn more about blue light HERE. Learn more about blue light filtering glasses HERE.

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Regular Visits to your Eye Care Practitioner- Even if you have all of the other pieces of the puzzle put together, your eyes are going to burn and you will experience blurry vision and headaches if you’re not using the right prescription of corrective lenses! Making sure that you see your eye care practitioner at least once a year, if not every six months, will make sure that your eyes are seeing clearly by looking through the correct prescription of glasses or contacts. They can also help to detect the early onset of any eye problems that you may have.

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