Preventing Eye Strain

Preventing Eye Strain

Whether you are working, playing on your computer, or reading a good old-fashioned hardcover book, preventing eye strain is key to the enjoyment of your favorite activities. The following are some tips from Eye & Contact Lens Center in Renton and for preventing eye strain no matter what you are doing.

What is Eye Strain?

Eye strain is a general term used to describe general stress on your eyes. Eye strain symptoms include redness, dryness, and general discomfort in the eyes. In some cases, eye strain can also cause temporary blurred vision.

Computer Vision Glasses

Computers, cell phones, and tablets emit a tremendous amount of blue light, which is difficult on the eyes. Since these screens are relatively new in our lives, the long-term effects of blue light are not yet fully known. To be on the safe side, your optometry office in Kirkland and Renton advises you to invest in a pair of special computer vision glasses. These glasses filter blue light, which ultimately helps to prevent eye strain.

Adequate Lighting

When you’re wrapped up in a good book, it’s easy not to notice that night has fallen and the room has grown darker. Before you strain your eyes, make sure you have adequate lighting. This is especially important whenever you’re doing close-up activities like reading, artwork, or needlework. The harder your eyes have to work to see in low light, the more eye strain you’re likely to experience.

Magnifying Lenses

If you find yourself constantly squinting to see what you’re doing on the computer, consider investing in a screen magnifying lens. While you can zoom in on text in most browser windows, this feature is not available in all computer programs. Also, it can be inconvenient to remember to zoom in every time you switch screen views. A computer monitor magnifying lens fits right over your screen and magnifies everything within view.

Optometry Professionals in Kirkland and Renton

If you feel that you’re constantly straining to see things, or if you have chronic eye discomfort, Eye & Contact Lens Center. Our optometry professionals have years of experience treating eye strain in residents of Kirkland, Renton, and the surrounding areas. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (425) 822-8204.

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