Eye Fatigue; Here are the causes and preventions that you need to know

Spending a lot of time in front of your computers or laptops might cause problems to your eyes. The global Covid pandemic has led to the overuse of computers and mobiles at home but there is no other way to jump from it. As a result, it has been seen that many people suffer from eye fatigue disease. 

Asthenopia is more commonly known as eyestrain or ocular fatigue. It’s a common condition that occurs when your eyes become tired from intense use. Staring at a computer screen for long periods or straining to see in dim light are common causes.

Along with long time screen staring, driving for too long, long periods of detailed works like writing and reading can lead to eye fatigue. Intense focus on these means you are not blinking often. If you look at a bright light or spend time in a place that’s too dim, it can also tire your peepers. The estimates say computer-related eye symptoms may be responsible for up to 10 million eye doctor visits a year. Digital screens can reduce your blinking and leave your pupils dry and irritated. Therefore it is important to give your eyes some rest when you are focusing for too long on anything.


Most commonly people might feel headaches, pain, and stiffness in the neck or might have trouble concentrating. Other symptoms include sore or irritated eyes, trouble focusing, dry or watery eyes, blurred or double vision, increased sensitivity to light.

These symptoms can lower your productivity and also lack of sleep may lead to repeated eye irritation.

Preventions to be taken

  • Place your computer 20-26 inches away from your eyes and a little below eye level.
  • Regularly clean off dust and fingerprints from the surface. Smudges can reduce contrast and create problems like glare and reflections.
  • Choose screens that tilt and swivel.
  • Use a glare filter for your screen.
  • Increase the font size on your laptop and phones
  • Use an adjustable chair.
  • Place a document holder next to your computer screen.
  • Follow the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look at an object 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. This will give your eyes the much-required break.
  • Apart from these taking an eye-check-up once a year is also good.