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Why Are Your Eye's Feeling Tired?

One of the more common questions we hear in our Palo Alto Optometry practice is "Why do my eyes feel so worn out and tired after using the computer or cell phone? And is there anything that can be done? A large percentage of our patients complain of symptoms of dry eyes, watery eyes, tired, gritty or feeling like something is stuck, and puffiness and dull pain. For contact lens wearers the eye irritation and eye discomfort can make the contact lens wearer contemplate switching from wearing your contacts to wearing glasses.

Both patients that wear contact lenses, as well as patients that wear glasses, tend to experience similar symptoms, although contact lens wearers have higher rates of discomfort.

Here are some helpful tips for computer users and cell phone users to prevent discomfort.

  1. Follow the 202020 rule, every 20 minutes look 20 feet in the distance for 20 seconds, this reduces the strain on the eye caused by prolonged mid-distance viewing (such as a computer).
  2. Buy computer glasses, which are specially made for mid-distance viewing, preventing discomfort and eye strain.
  3. Be conscious of your blinking, taking full and frequent blinks is crucial to reduce evaporation of the tear film.
  4. Consider switching to contact lenses

About Us:

University Optometry is a full scope optometry practice and optical located in Palo Alto, intersecting the neighborhoods of Crescent Park, The Willows, Downtown North, Professorville, and Community Center.  We pride ourselves on our exceptional care, service and one of a kind optometrists and staff. We welcome new and returning patients to schedule an eye exam or contact lens exam and experience our patient-first approach to eye care.