Digital Eye Strain


Strained Eyes? We Can Help!

Picture this: you’re working on a final report that’s due tomorrow. You’ve made a massive dent in it, but you still have a couple of long hours ahead of you. That’s when you start to feel your eyes becoming watery and irritated. You go to the mirror and find little hints of red in the whites of your eyes. Your eyes are straining, but what can you do?

Digital devices are practically mandatory for the modern world, and eyes are essential for using them. Over time, however, your eyes may become strained while using these devices, hampering your comfort while working.

So what can you do? Our team at Salisbury Eyecare & Eyewear will help you find the solutions you need so you can ace that project while enjoying comfortable vision. Please, book your appointment today!

What Is Digital Eye Strain

What’s The Deal With Blue Light?

You might have heard of blue light before. You might even own a pair of glasses with a blue light blocking coating built into the lens, but what is blue light, and how does it exactly affect your eye comfort?

Blue light is emitted from every device screen, but the largest known source of blue light is the sun. In fact, your brain uses blue light to help signal itself to be awake and alert. Some studies have found that using a digital device before going to bed can disrupt your circadian rhythm, leading to sleep loss.

Quick Management Strategies For Digital Eye Strain

So, what can you do to keep your eyes comfortable while you’re focusing on the task at hand?

Eye Drops / Artificial Tears

Eye drops are one of the most common ways to manage digital eye strain. Drops can help reinforce your tear film, keeping your eyes hydrated and comfortable.

Please speak to our doctor before you use any over-the-counter products. We want the best for your vision, and some eye drops may be a better match for your eyes than others.

The 20/20/20 Rule
The 20/20/20 Rule is a common practice you can use at home to regain some comfort in your vision while working on digital devices for a long time.

Every 20 minutes, spend 20 seconds looking at something about 20 feet away from you. This will give your eyes some time to readjust and blink, allowing you to focus on your work with less discomfort.

Adjusting Your Workplace Ergonomics

How you sit at your desk can impact how comfortable your eyes are when you work! When you sit at your desk, make sure you keep these tips in mind to ensure you stay comfortable while working:

  • Adjust your screen brightness to match the light of the room

  • Angle your screen away from light sources to prevent glare

  • Sit at the desk in a position where your screen is about 20 degrees below eye level and about an arm’s length away.


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