How to Avoid Eye Strain

Modified on Fri, 05 Feb 2021 at 03:27 PM

Having sore, tired, burning, or itching eyes are the main symptoms of eye strain. Other symptoms include dry eyes, watery eyes, blurred vision, doubled vision, headaches, sensitivity to light, trouble concentrating, difficulty keeping eyes open, and soreness in the neck, shoulders, or back. While these symptoms likely point to eye strain, it’s a good idea to report any changes in your vision or eye health to your doctor.

  • Every 20 minutes, shift your eyes to look at an object at least 20 feet away, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Position yourself at least 25 inches, or roughly an arm’s length, away from your computer screen.
  • Use artificial tears when your eyes feel dry. A humidifier can also help.
  • Blink often to help replenish your eye’s own tears.
  • Adjust your screen brightness if it’s much brighter than the rest of the light in the room. 
  • Keep your screen clean. A dirty screen with fingerprints can strain your eyes even more.
  • Adjust the room lighting, so the contrast is lessened.
  • Take a break from work. Stand up and move at least 5 minutes every hour.

For more lifestyle and home remedies visit the Mayo Clinic site on Eye Strain.

Printable eye strain infographic containing the aforementioned eye strain tips.

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