Digital Eye Strain in Dubuque

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Prevent Unnecessary Discomfort

Many of us use digital devices for several hours a day, from work to entertainment. With how much we use our screens, it’s no surprise many people experience digital eye strain.

Tired and sore eyes might feel normal after a long day of working on the computer, but don’t ignore consistent irritation; digital eye strain can significantly affect your quality of life. 

We can recommend ways to prevent future discomfort. Visit us in Dubuque, and we can discuss your digital device habits. 

What Is Digital Eye Strain?

You experience digital eye strain when your eyes become tired from focusing on digital screens for several hours at a time. The average American worker uses their computer for about 7 hours every day, so it’s no surprise many people struggle with irritation and discomfort. Your eyes work harder when using digital devices—they constantly adjust as you work on the computer. 

While digital devices contribute to digital eye strain, the cause of your discomfort actually comes from how you use your devices. Many people don’t use their devices in the best possible way. Looking at your devices from poor distances and angles can leave you with a sore neck and headache. 

Digital Eye Strain Symptoms

There are several signs you may have digital eye strain. We recommend a visit to our practice if you frequently experience any of the following after using your devices: 

  • Blurry or double vision
  • Difficulty concentrating or keeping your eyes open
  • Headache
  • Light sensitivity
  • Sore neck, shoulders, or back
  • Sore, tired, burning, itching, or watery eyes

Preventing Digital Eye Strain

While digital eye strain can cause discomfort, it doesn’t cause long-term damage to your eyes. However, strained eyes and headaches can still affect your quality of life. 

Resting your eyes is the most effective way to deal with eye strain, but preventing this condition is the best way to avoid digital eye strain symptoms. 

Try some of our tips for dealing with digital eye strain and see if your symptoms go away: 

  • Adjust your screen’s contrast & brightness to match your room’s lighting
  • Move your screen away from sunlight & other lights to prevent glare
  • Remember to blink to keep your eyes moist
  • Sit comfortably with your screen at least an arm’s length away
  • Utilize the 20/20/20 rule—every 20 minutes, look at something that is 20 feet away for 20 seconds

While these tips can help, don’t ignore signs of an underlying issue. Visit us for an eye exam if your eyes still feel irritated and uncomfortable despite changing your habits. 

Let’s Discuss Your Digital Device Usage

We use digital devices more than ever, but you don’t need to deal with discomfort. You may need to change your screen habits if you suffer from consistent headaches and strained eyes after using the computer, and we can help. We can discuss how you use your devices and recommend ways to prevent future irritation. 

Visit us for an examination if you frequently experience strained eyes.


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Our practice is located in Dubuque County, just off of Center Grove Drive. You can park in one of the many parking spaces available right in front of our practice doors.

Can’t find us? Feel free to give us a call!

  • 3343 Center Grove Drive, Suite
  • Dubuque, IA 52003

Hours of Operation

  • Monday: 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday : 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM 2:00 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

*Closed from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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