If your eyes are feeling tired, irritated, or in pain, it could be a result of eye strain. Eye strain is a common condition that has become more frequent with our increased use of screens. It is commonly caused by focusing on something for too long, having inadequate light, holding a device too far or too close to your eyes, and being exposed to dry conditions. If at any time you start to experience associated signs, including eye irritation, blurry eyes, neck pain or headaches, follow these tips for minimizing eye strain.

Reduce Glare

Glare from ambient lighting or natural sunlight can strain the eyes. If you’re using a computer, take a moment to turn off the screen to see where the glare is coming from. Then make some adjustments, like tilting the screen or closing the blinds to reduce the amount of light that’s filtering inside. You can also try using a glare-reducing screen to cut down on any reflections that can cause eye strain and fatigue.

Dim Lights

Turning down fluorescent lights can also help minimize any eye strain. A combination of fluorescent and incandescent lighting can make it easier on your eyes. Purchasing full-spectrum bulbs and 100-watt light bulbs are also beneficial.

Adjust Contrast

Too little or too much contrast can affect how your eyes focus on objects. Keep levels as moderate as possible, but just enough so that there is sufficient contrast so that you can focus properly.

Shift Your Focus

Focusing on one task for too long can irritate your eyes. Instead, try taking short breaks every twenty minutes to give your eyes the rest they need.

Position Screens Lower

You should always position your devices slightly lower than eye level. This way, more of your eye surface will be covered by the eyelid, which can increase the amount of moisture your eyes receive.

Use A Humidifier

Dry air can really irritate your eyes. Combat arid conditions by using an air humidifier throughout your home or office. It will add the necessary moisture back into the air to reduce the symptoms of dry and irritated eyes.

Wear Proper Eyewear

Blurry vision and headaches are often a tell-tale sign that you need glasses. And if you already wear glasses its likely an indication that your vision has changed and you need a new pair or special eyewear to reduce eyestrain. Your optometrist can recommend certain types of tints and coatings that are designed to reduce the strain on your eyes.

Eyestrain is a nuisance, but it can also highlight more serious conditions. So it’s worth getting your eyes checked by your optometrist if you experience any prolonged symptoms.  At Laurier Optical, our professional optometrists can test your eyes and offer a wide range of lenses that are designed to minimize eye strain. Come see us today!