Need Help With Digital Eye Strain?

Need Help With Digital Eye Strain? 

Digital eye strain symptoms can appear as a headache, migraine, dry eyes, blurred sight, tired or itchy eyes. The emergence of blue light glasses seems to have increased the amount of intrigue surrounding digital displays and eye health. Many have asked if blue light glasses actually work while some that have already tried them swear by them. There is a study that has linked digital eye strain to blue light emitted by digital devices (1). That said, research is still slim when it comes to evaluating the effect of blue light glasses on reducing the effect of digital eye strain (DES). This blog is here to help you understand what puts you at risk of developing DES  and how to minimize those risks. 

Spending several hours staring at your computer screen will increase your chances of digital eye strain. One research shows that - 40% of adults and 80% of teenagers report significant symptoms when they are using electronic displays (2). That is why taking microbreaks to look away from your screen is so important! The 20-20-20 rule is great for your eyes and helps break up screen time.

 20-20-20 rule

Interestingly, the amount of times that you blink can also predict your chances of having digital eye strain symptoms. Blinking helps keep your eyes moist and protected. Steam-based latent heat devices were shown to increase eyelid temperature which in turn improved tear film in the eyes. This is something you can chat with your ophthalmologist about if you have dry eyes as a symptom. Treating the dry eyes could also help other symptoms that you didn’t know were associated with DES. 

Lastly, the lighting in your working environment can also increase your risks of DES. You want the light in your office to not create any sort of glare on your computer screen. When there is glare there is strain. You can squint your eyes to see better or move out of your optimal sitting position to accommodate your eyes. 

Taking care of your eyes is very important! Even though you may not think some of your work discomfort is associated with your computer screen it might be. 


If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to or contact your local eye DR. :) 


Magno, M. S., Olafsson, J., Beining, M., Moschowits, E., Lagali, N., Wolffsohn, J. S., Craig, J. P., Dartt, D. A., Vehof, J., & Utheim, T. P. (2022). Chambered warm moist air eyelid warming devices - a review. Acta ophthalmologica, 100(5), 499–510.

Del Mar Seguí-Crespo, M., Ronda-Pérez, E., Yammouni, R., Arroyo Sanz, R., & Evans, B. (2022). Randomised controlled trial of an accommodative support lens designed for computer users. Ophthalmic & physiological optics : the journal of the British College of Ophthalmic Opticians (Optometrists), 42(1), 82–93.

Beining, M. W., Magnø, M. S., Moschowits, E., Olafsson, J., Vehof, J., Dartt, D. A., & Utheim, T. P. (2022). In-office thermal systems for the treatment of dry eye disease. Survey of ophthalmology, 67(5), 1405–1418.

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