Sunday, January 13, 2019

Fight Screen Fatigue AKA Digital Eye Strain

People spend more time looking at computer screens, smartphones, tablets, and game consoles than they did a decade ago. We rely on these devices for our profession, academic work, social interactions, and entertainment. We are inundated by recommendations to reduce our screen time, especially in the hours before bed. Spending too much time looking at digital devices (blue lights) can lead to to eyestrain and fatigue, headaches, poor sleep quality and, from the looks of emerging research, earlier-onset blindness from age-related macular degeneration.

Symptoms of Eye Fatigue

  • Sore or irritated eyes
  • Trouble focusing
  • Dry or watery eyes
  • Blurred or double vision 
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Pain in the neck, shoulders, or back


If your  lifestyle requires you to spend a considerable amount of time at the computer, you can make sure to include foods in your diet that are known to boost eye health. They include:
  • Green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, and collards
  • Salmon, tuna, and other oily fish
  • Eggs, nuts, beans, and other non-meat protein sources
  • Oranges and other citrus fruits or juices
  • Oysters and pork


There are a few supplements that are known to help with eye strain. They include:
  1. Bausch + Lomb PreserVision AREDS 2 Formula
  2. EyeScience Macular Health Formula
  3. Nature's Sunshine Perfect Eyes
  4. Ridgecrest Herbals Essential Eyes
  5. Twinlab Ocugard Blutein Protection


  • Use proper lighting. Avoid fluorescent light if possible and position your computer screen so windows are at the side not in front or behind the screen to avoid glare.
  • Adjust the display settings on your device
  • Place your computer screen between 20-30 inches from your face and just below eye level
  • Look away from your screen or get up every 20-30 minutes


Two eye exercises I love to do to strengthen the muscles in my eyes can be done sitting or standing. All you need is a few minutes to slow down and close your eyes.

First, with your eyes closed, SLOWLY look toward your forehead when you inhale. Exhale and return to look forward. Inhale and look down toward your jaw. Exhale and return to look forward. Inhale to look toward your right ear. Exhale and return to look forward. Inhale to look toward your left ear. Exhale and return to look forward. Repeat a couple of times moving through the compass points ... slowly and with your eyes closed.

Second, with your eyes closed move your eyes in a figure eight pattern. Move slowly and aim to complete a total of eight.

Another tip, albeit not an exercise but it is physical. BLINK your eyes more often when you are looking at devices. Moisten the eyes to fight fatigue.

Want to Know More?

For more information about supplements, read more at Delicious Living 5 vision supplements to fight screen fatigue by Todd Runstead
Read more about Digital Eye Strain at WebMD