Experiencing Eye Fatigue? Here are a Few Tips for Keeping Your Eyes Comfy During Screen Time

Eye fatigue can cause multiple symptoms, from blurred vision to head and neck pain. Here are a few effective tips for reducing and even preventing eye fatigue when looking at a computer, phone, or TV screen. OptiExpress provides comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, a gallery of designer frames, and a one-hour onsite lab.

If you spend hours every day staring at a digital screen, eye fatigue probably isn’t unknown to you. Eye strain, watery eyes, headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes, and even back pain are all symptoms of eye strain. Fortunately, there are several solutions that can reduce the severity of these symptoms, and even prevent them from appearing altogether. Here is what you can do.

Visit an eye care professional for a comprehensive eye exam.

While eye fatigue is very common among people who work on computers for hours at a time, it is nonetheless important to make sure that the symptoms you are experiencing are due to eye fatigue and not some other issue. However, if eye strain is discovered to be the cause, your optometrist can suggest treatment and mitigation strategies that can alleviate your symptoms, particularly if they are severe.

Make adjustments to your computer monitor.

The distance of your screen can make a tremendous difference in your overall comfort. Make sure the screen is approximately an arm’s length away from your face, with the monitor positioned at slightly below your eye level.

Additionally, the screen brightness should be adjusted to roughly the same level as your ambient light. If your screen seems like it’s the principal light source in the room, it is too light. If it is challenging to read the text, it is probably too dark.

Filter the blue light.

Blue light filtering glasses can be enormously helpful in reducing symptoms of eye fatigue. Continuous blue light exposure can inhibit the optimum function of the retina, leading to discomfort and – over time – possible nearsightedness.

Make sure your lighting is comfortable.

If your room’s light is too bright, or if there is a light source that is in your line of vision, eye fatigue could be exacerbated. Make sure the lighting in the room is comfortable and that any lamps or light sources aren’t directed at your eyes so that you aren’t exposed to glare.

Take breaks.

Stepping away from the screen every so often can significantly lessen eye fatigue symptoms. The general rule is a break every 20 minutes where you focus on an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

If you experience persistent symptoms of eye fatigue, please visit an eye care professional for a thorough eye exam. OptiExpress is one of the premier eye care centers in South Florida, providing family eye care services, designer eyewear, and a one-hour on-site lab.

OptiExpress founder Dr. J. Michael Witherington was voted South Florida’s top optometrists by the Cape Coral community. To schedule a comprehensive eye exam at our Ft. Myers or Cape Coral eye care center, please visit our contact page today.