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How to Prevent Eye Fatigue When Working From Home

Working from home can tie you to digital devices for hours every day. Thanks to coronavirus, there’s been an increase in household screentime, causing eye fatigue and vision strain.

Symptoms can include:

  • Double or blurry vision

  • Neck, head, and back pain

  • Watering, dry, or blood-shot eyes

  • Headaches

Here are some tips and tricks for preventing eye fatigue when working from home.

Reducing Eye Fatigue

There are a few easy steps to take to protect yourself from eye fatigue. These are:

  • The 20-20-20 Rule: Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at an object 20 feet away.

  • Adjust Your Computer Settings: Adjust text size, brightness, and contrast for comfort. Your screen’s brightness should be the same as your workstation.

  • Get an Eye Exam: If you’re experiencing eye fatigue, it might be a symptom of a larger vision issue. Schedule a comprehensive eye exam and tell your optometrist about your level of digital exposure. Using this information, your eye doctor will be able to advise you on treatment options.

Another option is investing in blue light glasses. These glasses reduce blue light exposure from screens, reducing eye fatigue from too much time spent staring into a computer screen. Blue light glasses, such as Blue IQ™, can greatly improve your quality of life by removing glare and helping prevent eye fatigue.

Get Help If Your Eye Fatigue Worsens

If your eye fatigue continues to worsen, don’t wait. Eye fatigue can be a symptom of a more serious eye or health condition. If you’re experiencing worsening eye fatigue along with any of the below symptoms, it's time to contact your optometrist.

  • Chest pain

  • Trouble breathing

  • Dizziness.

  • Small periods of vision loss

  • Vomiting

  • Extreme changes in mood or behaviors

  • Painful, blurred vision

  • Frequent headaches

A comprehensive eye exam will help to diagnose any serious underlying conditions. This is especially important for individuals who haven’t had an eye exam in over a year or two.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Experiencing eye fatigue? Overdue for an eye exam? Let Dr. Oker work with you to give your eyes a break!

Call Eden Prairie Eye Care at (952) 944-2792 or schedule your appointment online.


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