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Preventing Eye Strain

March 15, 2021

Did you know that the average adult American now spends the equivalent of 44 years of their lives staring at screens? Some recent studies–one by Vision Direct and another by Nielsen–have produced some very eye-opening results on this topic. That much screen time isn’t good for us mentally or physically. However, it’s particularly hard on the eyes. A Los Angeles, CA eye doctor discusses avoiding eye strain.

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Proper lighting is absolutely crucial. Of course, lighting sources are not one-size-fits-all. You may find that a combination of different lights is best for workstations. It’s also important to position lights so as to reduce glare. 


Just giving your eyes regular breaks can help ward off eye strain. Try to follow the 20/20/20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This allows your eyes to refocus, and just gives them a bit of a breather.

Step Away From The Screen

If you have a desk job, you may not be able to completely get away from looking at screens, at least while you’re working. Try to limit the time you spend looking at your smartphone, watching TV, or playing video games. (This is also a good habit to instill in your children.)

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Eye Drops can also be very helpful, particularly if you have dry eyes. Ask your optometrist for specific advice. Different types of eye drops have different parameters and guidelines for use. For instance, you should only use the ones with preservatives a few times a day. It may also surprise you to know that the drops which remove redness can actually dry your eyes out over time.

Air Quality

Poor air quality is bad for you in many ways: unsurprisingly, it also affects your eye health. If your workspace has a lot of dust, smoke, or fumes, get a good air purifier. (Plants can also help with this, though they aren’t the be-all-end-all solution by themselves.)


If your eyes seem more strained and tired lately, consult your eye doctor. It may be time for a new prescription. If you look at screens a lot, consider glasses or lenses that are made to reduce eye strain from screen time. Specific tints or coatings may also help. 

As your Los Angeles, CA eye care center, we’re here for you. Call us for all your eye care needs! 

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