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Our eyes are not made for screens: 8 Tips to reduce digital eye strain


Digital eye strain, also known as digital eye strain or screen fatigue, occurs when our eyes become excessively tired from prolonged use of digital devices, such as computers, smartphones, tablets, and televisions. This problem has become more common with the increase in the use of electronic devices in our daily lives.

Here are some common symptoms of digital eye strain:

  • Dry eyes: The tendency to blink (blink) less often when focused on a screen can lead to increased dry eyes.
  • Eye Strain: Constantly focusing on text or images on the screen can strain your eyes.
  • Blurred vision: After staring at the screen for a while, some people may notice momentarily blurry vision when they look away. This phenomenon is called "induced myopia" and is caused by temporary paralysis of the ciliary muscle, responsible for focusing. fire from the crystalline lens.
  • Eye pain and burning: A burning sensation or pain in the eyes may occur.
  • Headaches: Visual strain can cause headaches, often associated with eye strain.
  • Difficulty concentrating: Excessive use of digital devices can affect your ability to concentrate.

There are several reasons why eye strain occurs:

  • Reduced blinking: When we look at a screen, we tend to blink less often, which can cause dry eyes.
  • Viewing Distance: The viewing distance of digital devices is often closer than that of real objects, putting more strain on our eyes.
  • Blue light: Digital screens emit blue light, which can negatively affect sleep and cause eye strain.
  • Screen position: Incorrect screen position can lead to awkward postures and eye strain.


Hoya, a world leader in the production of high-quality prescription lenses, created SYNC lenses specifically for the use we make of digital devices today. In a recent study, 84% of people suffering from Digital Visual Strain reduced their symptoms by using HOYA lenses. *

What makes these lenses so effective for using digital devices?

The Sync accommodative lenses enable optimal distance vision and feature an “enhanced zone” (invisible) at the bottom for near vision. This area helps your eyes relax when you focus your viewing at close distances, such as with cell phones, tablets or laptops. In addition to relaxing your eyes, this area also makes it easier to focus when switching between devices. For greater comfort, add the blue light protection treatment to the Sync lenses.

*Ang, C. et al. 'Taking the strain'. Optician. 05/2017, vol. 253, no. 6600, p. 25-28.

Who are Sync lenses suitable for?

  • People aged between 13 and 45 years old who use digital devices for more than 1 hour per day;
  • Anyone suffering from Digital Visual Strain Disorder;
  • People who want to prevent Visual Strain.


  1. Take breaks: Take frequent breaks when using digital devices and look at distant objects to relax your eyes. A simple rule to follow is the 20-20-20 technique: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away (about 6 meters).
  2. Adjust screen brightness and contrast – Be sure to adjust your monitor settings. Brightness and contrast should be natural and reflections on the screen should be absent. It is useful to have an LED screen and, possibly, anti-glare.
  3. Blink more frequently: When you sit in front of a monitor or spend time looking at a digital screen, force yourself to blink more often. Blinking lubricates the eyes with nutrients and oxygen and cleans the ocular surface. In fact, the eyelids close much less often when using digital devices.
  4. Adjust the position of the screen: Keep the screen at eye level and at a comfortable distance, about an arm's length away from your face, in the case of a desktop computer about 70 cm.
  5. Reduce blue light exposure: There are filters or apps that can reduce blue light emission from your screen.
  6. Consider using computer glasses: Specially designed glasses can help reduce digital eye strain.
  7. Adequate Lighting: Make sure you have good lighting in your surroundings while using the device. To limit the amount of overhead fluorescent lighting, use bulbs that emit natural light, preferably low wattage.
  8. Schedule time without technology: at work this could mean using a notepad perhaps during meetings instead of a laptop, or not looking at your phone during lunch or breaks. Outside of work, spend some time each day relaxing your eyes, go for a walk, and let your eyes naturally look at objects in the distance.

If you experience persistent digital eye strain or any of the symptoms listed above, consulting a Vision Professional is an important habit, to carry out a thorough check-up and to talk about any disturbances and discuss the different options in line with your needs. If you always want the best in technology: your eyes deserve the best too. We are waiting for you in store to learn about Sync accommodative support lenses: technological innovation at the service of your eyes.


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