Learn to Let Your Eyes Relax
Screens are all around most of us in everyday life, but your eyes may feel tired after looking at them for too long. If that’s the case, you might be dealing with digital eye strain (or DES).
DES can happen to anyone, but it’s often particularly hard on those with vision problems. Pack & Bianes Optometry Eastlake can provide you with tools and strategies to mitigate DES and let you use screens safely again.
Common Symptoms of Digital Eye Strain
You may have DES if you experience the following symptoms during or after screen time:
- Stiff neck or shoulders
- Problems focusing your eyes
- Dry eyes
Contributing Factors to Digital Eye Strain
Staring Without Blinking
When we look at screens, we generally blink less. Unfortunately, that means our eyes can dry out more easily, making them feel tired. Staring at screens too close to your face can also make the muscles that focus your eyes feel tight and sore, culminating in aches and pains.
Blue light is high-energy visible light present in the sun’s rays and is emitted from most screens. It hasn’t been definitively linked to eye disease, but it may affect your circadian rhythm, impacting your ability to sleep. If you often use screens before bedtime and have tired eyes the next day, this could be part of the reason.
Digital Eye Strain Reduction
Common approaches to reducing DES include:
- Using the 20-20-20 rule, which was designed to help the eyes rest during long periods of screen time. Focus your eyes on an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes. Doing so gives the muscles that focus your eyes a chance to rest—like taking breaks between sets at the gym.
- Wearing glasses that block blue light from entering your eyes may support restful sleep for people who typically use screens before bed.
For personalized suggestions on fighting digital eye strain, it’s always best to talk directly with your eye care team. Please contact us today to schedule your next appointment.
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Our practice is located on Eastlake Parkway in Chula Vista, in the Village Walk Medical Arts Center.
- 890 Eastlake Parkway, Suite 102
- Chula Vista, CA 91914
Hours of Operation
- Monday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Saturday: 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed