Digital Eye Strain

The design and function of a human eye can be likened to a camera. It is comprised of a lens, retina (surface on which an image is recorded), and a pupil (an opening to allow light in). Though the image seen with a human eye is not printable, it can be transferred to the occipital region of the brain through a nerve network. All of this occurs in a fraction of a second.

Before the invention of print, there were no eye glasses. The information age and the printing press helped solve visual problems caused by the handwritten word. In recent years, the digital world is further demanding on our eyes. Pixels, particularly, demand an entirely different focus from the eye than print.

When focusing on digital monitors, our eyes tend to stay open for longer periods, and this can cause dryness or even damage. Our eyes strain to regain focus after long periods of looking at a screen. If you continue to flex the eyes’ focusing muscles, you may experience fatigue or a burning sensation. As a result, a tired-eyes feeling sets in – this is common to those who spend a long period of time in front of the computer.

Anyone who spends time using any digital devices, such as computers, cell phones, or tablets will benefit from wearing digital eyewear. Creative personnel, students, office workers, programmers, business travelers, and professionals are only a few examples.

Statistics show us that:

  • About 90% of children have access to a computer at home or in school
  • About 80% of all jobs in Canada rely on computers
  • Almost all students now use a computer at home or in school for an average of four hours daily
  • Roughly 90% of the individuals who spend at least 3 hours a day on a computer suffer digital eye strain
  • 76% of Canadians now use a smartphone


There are several ways to deal with digital eye strain. They all work to some degree if you can remember to apply them.

1. Get A Check-up

To start with, make sure you consult your eye doctor if you fall under the category of any of the people listed in the statistics above. Also, if you wear glasses, make sure you have the correct prescription.

2. Digital Eyewear

When working with an electronic handheld device or a computer, the simplest solution is to put on digital eyewear. Digital eyewear will deter the constant refocusing effort that the eyes experience when viewing the screen. According to the Macular Degeneration Support organization, about 75% of PC users need digital eyeglasses, because the human eyes react differently to the stimulus of a computer.

Computer eyewear preventatives are designed to use magnification like low-level reading glasses. These glasses are created with special filters, tints, and coatings to help protect your eyes when using the computer for extended hours. The glasses are comfortable, stylish, and lightweight.

3. Blink

When we are focused on the computer screen we forget what’s happening around us. Always endeavor to blink regularly; this will help refocus the eyes and spread the tears. Continuous blinking is one of the simplest digital eye strain remedies developed so far. It will ensure optimal functionality of your eyes through moistening.

4. Change Your Work Station

Switching around your computer work station can be another easy digital eye strain treatment. We need to consider our distance from the computer and also the ambient lighting.

You can change your work station in a way that makes you feel the most comfortable. This varies for each individual, as what works for a student may not work for a creative professional. It is advisable to consult your doctor before employing this strategy.

5. Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplement

Omega-3 Fatty Acid supplements are highly recommended by nutritionists. This nutrient aids in the stimulation of the eye's natural tear production fluid to produce tears all through the day. This can also be a remedy for dry eye.

6. Astaxanthin Supplements

While wearing digital glasses, maintaining eye relaxation, taking supplements, and so on can all solve eye strain issues, taking Astaxanthin can also reduce digital eye strain. Studies have shown that Astaxanthin is a pioneer in vision supplements aimed at minimizing eye strain associated with dry eye, blurry vision, and tired eyes.

Some of the food sources containing Astaxanthin include crab, lobster, crawfish, shrimp, and red trout. However, sockeye salmon is the richest source of Astaxanthin.

7. Eye Exercises

Sit upright and hold the head steady. Hold a pen at arms length and carefully focus on the tip of the pen. Move the pen closer to the nose and then refocus on the pen tip. Take a deep breath and repeat 5 – 6 times.

When operating the computer, turn away from the screen every 18 minutes for at least 20 seconds so that your eye muscles can relax and refocus. Take a deep breath and continue with your task.

Relaxing your eye muscles is another helpful eye exercise. Focus on an imaginary square, look up and left, up and right, then down and right, then down and left. Do this 4 times and then do the reverse. When this exercise is carried out consistently, you can be sure of stronger eye muscles

Note: stop any of these exercises if you feel pain. If pain persists, reach out to your doctor.

If you are tired of headaches, dry eyes, neck/back pain, and/or blurred vision as a result of digital eye strain, then these tips are for you. These techniques release tension and stress from the visual system. They also strengthen your eye muscles and maintain healthier eyesight.

If you have any questions about Digital Eye Strain, contact our office today for more information.