Computer eye strain can happen to anyone who stares at a screen for prolonged periods of time. If you’re experiencing eye discomfort or fatigue, headaches, blurry vision, or dry eyes, rest your eyes then read on for tips on how to alleviate eye strain!

1. Use the 20-20-20 rule to rest your eyes during screen time.

The best cure for preventing screen-related eye strain is to head it off at the pass! During long periods of computer screen time (or other near-vision activities, like playing on your phone or reading a book), it’s important to let your eyes relax. Every 20 minutes, focus on an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. It’s that simple!

2. Keep your screen at the proper distance from your eyes.

Instinct says, the closer you sit, the easier your eyes will have it. The truth is the opposite, however. If you sit too close to a screen, your eyes have to work harder to achieve focus. Place your computer screen between 18 and 25 inches away from you (about an arm’s length). It’s even better if you look a little down on it, too.

3. Make sure to blink!

When you stare at the computer, you tend to blink less than your eyes require. That’s one reason your eyes may feel dry during screen time. Make a conscious effort to blink as you work or game. You can even try this: every 20 minutes, slowly close your eyes 10 times. This will help moisturize your eyes.

4. Upgrade your display.

If you haven’t upgraded your computer monitor for a while, you might consider doing so. Newer monitors are often easier on the eyes than older ones. Be certain your monitor has an anti-reflective surface as well.

5. Consider computer glasses.

Computer glasses correct your vision to optimize at the distance of a computer monitor. They can also have a special coating designed to reduce exposure to blue light from your monitor. Ask your vision care specialist about them!

Let Valley Eyecare Center Help Banish Computer Eye Strain!

The vision professionals at Valley Eyecare Center know plenty about eye strain (since we use screens, too!). Give us a call at (602) 955-2700, or contact us online for more information on how we can help!