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Digital Eye Strain: How an Optician Can Help Alleviate Symptoms

Author: Diane Vaneck | | Categories: Contact Lens Technicians , Contact Lenses , Custom Eyewear


Are you someone who spends hours in front of a computer, phone, or tablet screen? If yes, you may have experienced digital eye strain. Also known as computer vision syndrome, digital eye strain is a common condition that affects many people. Symptoms include dry eyes, headache, blurred vision, and neck and shoulder pain. As an optician, we can help alleviate these symptoms and improve your overall eye health. Here's how:


Providing Prescription Eyewear

One of the most effective ways to alleviate digital eye strain is to use prescription eyewear. Our licensed opticians can help you choose the right lenses that are specifically designed to reduce eye strain and glare from digital screens. We offer a wide range of options, including single vision, bifocal, progressive lenses, and office/task lenses.

Recommending Specialized Coating and Treatment Options

In addition to prescription eyewear, specialized coatings and treatments can also help reduce digital eye strain. We offer a variety of coatings, including anti-glare, blue-light blocking, and photochromic options. The anti-glare coating reduces glare and reflections from digital screens, while blue-light blocking coating MAY block the blue light that may be emitted from digital screens. Photochromic options automatically adjust to changing light conditions, making it ideal for people who frequently switch between indoor and outdoor activities. 

Educating on Proper Eye Care

Finally, our opticians can educate you on proper eye care practices that can help reduce digital eye strain. Simple habits like taking frequent breaks, blinking often, adjusting your screen brightness and distance, or simply following the 20/20/20 rule; where every 20 minutes take a minimum of 20 seconds and look at a distance GREATER than 20 feet to relax the muscles inside the eye that increase eye strain.


Digital eye strain is a common condition that affects many people who spend long hours in front of digital screens. As an optician, we can help alleviate symptoms and improve your overall eye health through comprehensive eye exams, prescription eyewear, specialized coatings, and education on proper eye care practices. At Penticton Optical, we're committed to providing you with the best possible solutions for your digital eye strain. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. 

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