Eyestrain can happen with any prolonged activity where your eyes are focused in on one item for a long period of time.  Students should follow the tips below to help prevent eyestrain while using their technology device:

  • Use Proper Lighting and reduce glare while using your laptop.

Eliminate exterior light by closing the curtains or blinds.  Reduce interior lighting as well. If possible, position your laptop monitor so that windows are to the side, instead of in front or behind it.

  • Take a moment to look away from the screen.

To minimize eye strain and dryness, rest your eyes periodically by looking away from the screen and focusing on objects that are far away.  Use the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something that is 20 feet away.

  • Stand up and stretch.

Stand up and stretch your arms, back, neck and shoulders to help reduce muscle fatigue and rest your eyes.

  • Practice the following exercises for your eyes:
    1. Alternate looking up and looking down while keeping the body and head upright
    2. Slowly roll your eyes and look to the left and look to the right. Do the same and look at objects in the upper left and lower left.
  • Blink more often.

People tend to blink less frequently while using a computer. Blinking is important because it moistens your eyes and prevents dryness and irritation.


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Oak Ridge Vision Center