Digital Eye Strain: How to Protect Your Eyes in a Digital Era?



Digital Eye Strain: How to Protect Your Eyes in a Digital Era?

Dr. Zarrin Fatma

Location: Lucknow Branch, Indira Gandhi Eye Hospital

Speciality: Paediatric  Ophthalmology and Digital Eye Health Expert

As the North Indian sun mellows in September, casting a gentle golden hue over Lucknow's magnificent architecture, there's another light we must be cautious about: the screens we spend hours staring at. Just as we transition our attire with the changing weather, it's crucial to adjust our screen habits to ensure the health of our eyes.

The Rise of Digital Eye Strain in the Digital Era

The increasing dependency on digital devices, especially since the onset of the pandemic, has given rise to a prevalent concern known as Digital Eye Strain or DES. With work from home becoming common and kids attending school online, our screen time has skyrocketed.

Recognising the Symptoms

Common signs of DES include:

  • Dry or watery eyes

  • Blurred vision

  • Eye fatigue

  • Headaches

  • Increased sensitivity to light

Individual experiencing Digital Eye Strain

Causes of Digital Eye Strain

Factors contributing to DES include:

  • 1) Prolonged screen time without breaks

  • 2) Poor lighting conditions

  • 3) Inadequate screen distance and angle

  • 4) Glare and blue light emission from screens

  • 5) Improper prescription for eyewear

Combatting DES: Simple yet Effective Measures

20-20-20 Rule: Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away. This reduces eye fatigue.

Screen Ergonomics: Ensure the screen is at an arm's length away and positioned slightly below eye level.

Blue Light Glasses: Consider wearing glasses that filter out blue light, especially if screen usage is extensive.

Adjust Screen Brightness: The screen's brightness should match the lighting of your surrounding environment.

Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to keep your eyes moisturised and reduce dryness.

Embracing the North Indian Setting for Better Eye Health

Take advantage of the soothing September weather in Lucknow:

  • Step Outside: Use your breaks to enjoy a quick walk in your garden or balcony.

  • Natural Lighting: Work in areas where you can benefit from natural daylight, reducing the reliance on artificial lighting.

  • Cultural Breaks: Engage in screen-free activities like reading a book or enjoying local cultural events.


In an era where screens are inevitable, protecting our eyes becomes paramount. The blend of digital and natural has to be balanced. Stay informed, make small changes, and consult experts at Indira Gandhi Eye Hospital the Best Eye Hospital in North India.

 Click here to book a digital eye health consultation with Dr. Zarrin Fatma at our Lucknow Branch.

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