Eye Strain

Eyedrop Optique

Robert Ancona, OD

Optometrist located in Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY

Eye strain, also known as digital eye strain or computer vision syndrome, is a common condition that occurs when your eyes get tired from intense use. This often happens after prolonged periods of looking at digital screens, reading, or driving long distances. At Eyedrop Optique in Dumbo, Brooklyn, New York, Robert Ancona, OD, is dedicated to helping you understand and alleviate eye strain to improve your comfort and vision. To schedule an appointment, call the office or reach out online.

Eye Strain Q & A

What causes eye strain?

Eye strain is primarily caused by the prolonged use of digital devices.

Here are some common culprits:

Digital screens

Staring at computers, tablets, and smartphones for extended periods can lead to eye strain. The blue light emitted by these devices and the need to focus continuously can fatigue your eyes.

Poor lighting

Working or reading in dim light or glare-filled environments forces your eyes to work harder, which can result in strain.

Incorrect posture

Sitting too close to a screen or not maintaining proper posture while using a device can contribute to eye strain.

What are the symptoms of eye strain?

Identifying the symptoms of eye strain is crucial for taking timely action. Here are some common signs:

Eye discomfort

You might experience soreness, tiredness, or a burning sensation in your eyes.


Frequent headaches, especially after screen use, can indicate eye strain.

Blurred vision

Difficulty focusing and occasional blurred vision are also symptoms.

Dry eyes

Prolonged screen time often reduces blinking, leading to dry and irritated eyes.

When should you see a doctor for eye strain?

While eye strain is usually not serious, there are times when seeking professional help is necessary.

Persistent symptoms

If symptoms like headaches, blurred vision, or eye discomfort persist despite taking breaks, it's time to consult a doctor.

Impact on daily life

When eye strain starts affecting your daily activities, such as reading, working, or driving, it's important to seek medical advice.

Underlying conditions

If you have underlying conditions such as diabetes or hypertension that could affect your eyes, a professional evaluation is crucial.

How is eye strain treated?

At Eyedrop Optique, Dr. Ancona offers various treatments to relieve eye strain and prevent it from recurring.

Eye exercises

Specific exercises can help strengthen your eye muscles and improve focus.

Screen time management

Dr. Ancona provides guidance on managing screen time, including the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.

Proper lighting

Improving lighting conditions in your work or reading area can significantly reduce strain. Dr. Ancona offers tips on how to create a comfortable visual environment.

Ergonomic advice

Correct posture and ergonomics can greatly impact eye health. Dr. Ancon can advise on the best workspace setups to minimize strain.

Dr. Ancon is committed to helping you achieve optimal eye health. If you are experiencing symptoms of eye strain, don't hesitate to contact Eyedrop Optique for a comprehensive evaluation and personalized treatment plan. Call the office or request an appointment online.