Published By: Ishani Karmakar

How To Avoid Digital Eye Strain

One of the most prevalent work-related illnesses, especially among millennials, is digital eye strain (DES), also known as Computer Vision Syndrome.

DES is caused by gazing at digital screens for too long, such as those on computers, tablets, and smartphones, and can lead to eyesight difficulties. Headaches, blurred vision and dry or watery eyes are common DES symptoms. If you don’t take care of the issue before the problem gets worse, you may lose your eyesight significantly. Here’s how to prevent it:

Use the 20-20-20 Principle

This technique is designed to give your eyes a break from staring at a screen for long periods of time, and it is especially helpful for those who have desk jobs that need them to spend long periods of time doing just that. According to the 20-20-20 rule, you should glance away from your screen for 20 seconds every 20 minutes.

Shift Your Viewing Angle

Having your screen too near, too distant, too low, or at an awkward angle may all be tiring for your eyes. The ideal distance from your face to the display is around 75 centimeters, or about arm's length. What's more, it has to be oriented straight ahead, rather than over to the side.

Eliminate Reflection from Electronic Devices

Many measures may be taken to lessen the impact of screen glare on your eyesight. To begin, consider repositioning your screen so that it is not directly facing a window or other light source from which glare is entering your eyes.


If the glare persists after you've moved the monitor, you may wish to get an anti-glare screen cover for your computer. Anti-glare technology is already standard on many new PCs.

The blue light generated by electronic gadgets may be filtered out and screen glare reduced by purchasing glasses with anti-reflective glazing.

Make the Necessary Modifications

In order to get the most out of your monitor, you need to modify the default settings that came with your computer. In particular, you want your screen's brightness to be just perfect, neither too bright nor too dark for its surroundings. It's better for your eyes if the text on a screen is a size you're comfortable seeing, so don't be afraid to experiment with different settings.


If you take frequent breaks from your screen and set up your workspace properly, you may avoid the common but avoidable problem of digital eye strain.