Take a Break for Your Vision Health

October 19th, 2021

With so much of our lives based around computers and mobile devices, eye strain has become more common. Dry eyes, light sensitivity and fatigue are just some of the vision health concerns facing modern viewers.

Our eye doctors in Grand Junction recommend taking frequent breaks while using computers or mobile devices.

How Resting Eyes Improve Vision Health

Ophthalmologists in Grand Junction recommend reducing overall screen time to help reduce the frequency of dry eyes. Staring at the computer for long periods of time can cause you to blink fewer times per minute. This can lead to dry eyes, which require eye drops and frequent rest breaks. Of course, our eye doctors in Grand Junction also treat dry eyes and other conditions that can compromise your vision health.

Several conditions — such as glaucoma, cataracts, and other common eye diseases— cause sensitivity to light or poor peripheral vision

If you suspect that you have cataracts or glaucoma, consults with our eye doctors. You may need surgical or nonsurgical treatment for your underlying conditions. Fortunately, our eye doctors specialize in cataract and LASIK surgery in Grand Junction.

Stopping what you’re doing to rest your eyes can also help you clear your mind and improve your concentration. Not only does taking a break reduce the strain on your eyes, but it can also increase your productivity.

4. 20-20-20 Rule

By now, many people have already heard about the 20-20-20 rule. Eye strain is a constant issue for modern office workers and anyone who spends a considerable amount of time on a computer. Your physiology doesn’t support the kind of focus required to stay on of computer all day. Therefore, it’s important to take breaks and give your eyes a rest.

Every 20 minutes, look at an object 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. Close your eyes before and after this exercise to stimulate tear production and help keep your eyes properly lubricated.


Photophobia is a fancy word for sensitivity to light. There are many external causes and diseases that can trigger photophobia. Photophobia causes include corneal abrasions, leaving your eye contacts in too long, eye inflammation, and injury. Certain medications, migraines, meningitis many other conditions can also cause you to develop sensitivity to light.

Taking care of your eyes by eating right, exercising getting enough sleep and taking frequent breaks from your screen can help you maintain your vision health. Don’t forget to come in for regular eye exams or consultations if you feel you have any of the conditions discussed above.

The eye doctors at Grand Junction ICON Eyecare specialize in cataract and LASIK surgery in Grand Junction. However, our ophthalmologists also treat a wide variety of eye conditions to ensure that you and your family maintain your vision.

Contact us today for more tips on how to maintain healthy vision and to schedule an appointment with one of our eye doctors in Grand Junction.

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