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5 Tips to Relieve Eye Strain

You undoubtedly already know that too much screen time is bad for you, yet it’s sometimes impossible to avoid. Acuvue conducted a poll of 2,000 workers and discovered that office workers spend roughly 6.5 hours each day in front of a computer. That’s over 1,700 hours each year, not including extracurricular scrolling.

No wonder so many people experience eye strain. While symptoms vary from person to person, the most common include, blurred vision, headaches, and dry eye.

While eye strain is unpleasant for your eyes, the good news is that it has no long-term consequences and is simple to treat. Here are five ways to avoid eye strain.

  1. Keep Your Distance

According to the AAO, your eyes have to work more to see things that are close. To put it another way, if you sit too close to your computer monitor, your eyes will have to work harder.

Putting some distance between yourself and your screen can help your eyes relax. It’s recommended to sit 18-25 inches away from your computer screen, about arm’s length away, with your eyes looking slightly downward on the screen.

  1. Follow the 20-20-20 Rule

When we use computers and other digital devices, we blink roughly 15 times per minute, but this number drops to as low as 5 blinks per minute.

The ’20-20-20 rule’ helps you remember to blink and keep your eyes moist by taking a 20-minute break to look at an object at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.

  1. Reduce the Glare on Your Screen

The glare on your computer screen isn’t just irritating; it can also irritate your eyes and cause eye strain. Consider using a matte screen filter to eliminate glare.

  1. Adjust Brightness and Contrast

Your eyes may feel strained if your screen is brighter than the rest of the room. Changing the settings on your monitor can help alleviate eye strain.

Simply change the brightness of your screen to match the ambient light and boost the contrast for a more comfortable viewing experience.

  1. Use Artificial Tears

To keep your eyes moist and ease the discomfort of dry eye caused by eye strain, use artificial tears. While there are many over-the-counter choices, keep in mind that some of them contain preservatives, which can irritate certain people. If the drops don’t alleviate your symptoms, or provide only temporary relief, it’s time to visit your eye doctor.

Contact Browz Eyeware in Browz Eyeware to learn more ways to alleviate your eye strain symptoms.

At Browz Eyeware, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 587-600-0644 or book an appointment online to see one of our Calgary eye doctors.

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What is eye strain?

Eye strain, often known as eye fatigue, is a set of symptoms that develop after prolonged usage of the eyes. Eye strain can be caused by staring at digital devices, such as computers, cell phones, or video games, for long periods of time, or by reading, driving, or doing activities in low light.

What are eye strain symptoms?

Symptoms of eye strain include headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes, irritated eyes and increased sensitivity to light.

Struggling with Reading & Overall Learning Problems

learning at home 640×350During COVID-19, parents are challenged with the task of supporting their children’s studies as they contend with online classrooms and homework. We can certainly acknowledge our teachers have done a phenomenal job at adapting their classroom setting to a virtual one, but a struggling reader or learning problem is hard for a teacher in a remote setting to solve. So, the burden is placed on the parent’s shoulders to bear.

Fortunately, there are multiple avenues to take to help your child feel empowered and gain a better foothold with their online learning. By now, most parents have equipped their child with a fast internet connection, new computer, and quiet learning environment. What else is there left to do?

Encouragement & Support

As much as we’re all under a lot of stress, your child depends on your never-ending support & love. You don’t need to turn to gifts or money to make a child feel appreciated. A personal touch like their favorite snack, quality time, and compliments can go far with anyone.

Digital Eye Strain

Eye fatigue from excessive smartphone/computer usage isn’t unique to children — it affects everyone. Not only do our eyes need a rest from the computer, but digital devices reduce our blinking rate, which also results in dry eye symptoms. Take frequent breaks & stretch your eye muscles by looking out a window once in a while.

Did your child ever have a functional vision evaluation?

While a child who is really struggling at learning can require the help of an educational therapist or tutor, a key step to identifying what’s holding your child back in their studies is addressing their vision — 80 of learning is visual!

We often find children who have struggled in the classroom as “C” students because their vision was never evaluated by an optometrist who specializes in vision therapy.

If your child has an underlying vision problem, no amount of tutoring or work with other specialists will address or treat the problem effectively or at all.

We encourage you to contact Vision Therapy Calgary today for a vision therapy evaluation to assess if their vision is what has held them back from their studies.

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Tips to Relax Your Eyes

Do your eyes hurt after spending a significant amount of time reading, playing video games, driving, or staring at a screen? These visually intense activities can sometimes be hard on the eyes, causing uncomfortable symptoms like headaches and blurry vision. Other symptoms of eye strain can include light sensitivity, neck and shoulder pain, trouble concentrating, and burning or itchy eyes.

Fortunately, preventing painful computer vision syndrome and eye fatigue symptoms can be as simple as trying a few of these eye exercises. To learn more about digital eye strain and discover the best relief options for you, call Browz Eyeware at 587-600-0644 and schedule an eye exam with Dr. Fung.

Relax Your Eyes with These Supportive Techniques

Many of these exercises are designed for computer users. Eye strain resulting from long drives, reading, or other activities, can be alleviated by modifying some of these recommendations.

The Clock Exercise

The clock exercise relieves strain on overworked eye muscles and can help you avoid headaches and eye pain, among other symptoms. Begin the exercise by imagining a large analog clock a few feet in front of you. Keep your head still and move your eyes to the imaginary 9, then to the imaginary 3.

Keep moving your eyes to the opposite pairs on the clock — 10/4, 11/5, 12/6, and so on. Hold your gaze for a second or two on each number before moving on to the next one. Continue doing this for 4-5 minutes.

The 20-20-20 Rule

The 20-20-20 rule helps you avoid dry eyes and eye strain by giving your eyes frequent breaks. After about 20 minutes of screen time or doing close-up work, focus on an object at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This gives the eyes a much needed rest and helps them relax. There are also free apps available that provide pop-up reminders that notify you when it’s time to shift your gaze.

Screen Ergonomics

The American Optometric Association recommends placing computer monitors 20 to 28 inches, or 50-70 cm, away from your eyes and the top of the computer should be at eye level or right below for optimum eye comfort. Glare filters can reduce the amount of glare produced by digital devices and improve your viewing experience.

Poor sitting posture can also contribute to eye strain. Your chair should be situated so that your feet are flat on the floor, or use an angled footrest for additional comfort.

Optimize your Eyewear

Since regular prescription lenses or glasses may not adequately meet your visual needs for lengthy computer use, you may benefit from wearing computer glasses. These prescription glasses are customized to your needs and also reduce glare and block blue light.


You don’t have to live with the discomforts of eye strain. If symptoms persist, it may be time to visit Browz Eyeware and get the relief you seek. Call our office to schedule a convenient eye doctor’s appointment.