5 Tips to Reduce Eye Strain and Pain!

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If your eyes feel dry and tired, your vision is blurry at the end of the day, or if you have aches in your head and neck, you may be experiencing symptoms of eye strain. Pair those symptoms with the cooler weather or chronic dry eye, and eye strain can make life even more challenging.

No matter the cause, eye strain is frustrating and uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are many ways to help decrease the pain you may be feeling!

1. Find the right light

Both dim and bright lighting can cause eye strain. We recommend that you dim the lights while watching television, but make sure you have light coming from behind you if you’re focusing on an activity like reading.

If you’re using screens (tablets, phones, or computers), ensure they’re well lit, and try to reduce glare by using shaded filters.

2. Take breaks!

You may have already heard about the 20-20-20 rule, where every 20 minutes, you take 20 seconds to look at an object 20 feet away. This rule helps refocus your eyes and gives them a rest.

However, you may need longer breaks to reduce eye strain—especially if you’re focusing on up-close work for hours at a time. Try taking about 15 minutes to rest your eyes if you’ve spent 2 or more hours looking at a screen. Whether you take a walk, grab a snack, or clean/tidy your space, it can make all the difference.

3. Limit your screen time

Staring at a screen for hours at a time can cause eye irritation and discomfort. Every time you blink, glands help produce nourishing, moisturizing tears. However, while using electronics, people do not blink as often and may not blink fully. Incomplete blinking interrupts the processes of tear production and drainage, leading to uncomfortable symptoms.

Although it can be difficult to take time away from screens—especially if your job requires it—finding ways to limit your screen time overall is beneficial to your comfort.

4. Use artificial tears

If your eyes feel dry, artificial tears can refresh them. You can find over-the-counter options to keep your eyes well lubricated and prevent dry, tired eyes. Consult our experts for the best over-the-counter recommendations. Our doctors can suggest which eye drops might be right for you, depending on your needs.

5. Choose up-to-date eyewear

Make sure that you have the proper prescription for your glasses or contacts. You may find yourself experiencing discomfort if your prescription is out of date. In addition, wearing glasses that fit your face can also ensure comfort. If you purchase glasses online, the lenses may not line up with your eyes, leading to subpar vision correction and eye strain.

At our optical shoppe, we’ll expertly fit you for quality eyewear. If your prescription is out of date or if you’re ready for new glasses, visit our office.

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Taking care of your eyesight is one of the most important things you can do—whether you spend your days looking at screens or not. At Better Vision New Jersey, we’re here to help you with all of your eye health needs.

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