Sneaky Things That Could Lead to Eye Fatigue

Nearly 90 percent of us are battling eye strain in some form.

Have your eyes been itchy or scratchy lately? Headache too? It could easy to think ah, it’s probably the change in the air…or, it was the pollen…etc. But ophthalmologists say it’s likely eye strain and if not resolved can lead to fatigue and headaches and even pain in the neck, shoulders and back. It’s an issue more are people are having since the pandemic as our screen time has more than doubled. Nearly 90 percent of us are battling eye strain in some form.

But, luckily there are some things things we can do like making ourselves blink more. When we are caught up in our favorite show, we blink less…they say 60% less often. That causes our eyelid glands to clog which causes dry, tired eyes. To fix that, do the 20/20/20 exercise. For every 20 minutes, gaze at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This stretches your eye muscles and allows them to relax, doubling your blink rate.

Another thing you can do is wear glasses. Even if you don’t require prescription a pair of readers could cut your eye fatigue by 80% if you are going to be on your phone, computer or watch TV for an extended time, meaning more than an hour. The magnification reduces the workload of muscles around the eye to support close-focus tasks.

Finally, check your screens and clean them! Keeping it smudge free minimizes glare, reducing eyestrain and then angle it so no sunlight or indoor light is reflecting into your eyes. If you can see your reflection, the glare is likely causing some strain.