How to Combat Digital Eye Strain

How to Reduce EyestrainAdults spend nearly 11 hours of their day looking at screens, whether it be their phone, computer, tablet or TV. Our days are filled with screen time, so how can we keep our eyes healthy in this digital age?  


20-20-20 Rule

Your eyes can get dry and tired from looking at screens for a long time, so the 20-20-20 rule can help give your eyes a break. For every 20 minutes you are looking at a screen, stop and look at an object that is about 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This gives the eyes a chance to relax. This rule doesn’t just apply to screen time, though. If you’re doing other visually-taxing activities, like reading a book, your eyes can still get tired, so give them a break every 20 minutes.


Dry Eyes and Screen Time

Staring at a screen all day can dry out your eyes. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, we blink about 15 times per minute, but we blink nearly half as often when we are looking at a screen, which can dry out your eyes. Use artificial tears to refresh your eyes if they are feeling dry.


Other Ways to Reduce Digital Eye Strain

When you’re using a computer, sit about an arm’s length away from the screen and position it so that you are looking slightly downward at it. If a screen is brighter than the light of the room you are in, then your eyes have to work harder to see it. If the screen is too bright, try adjusting the brightness and contrast of the screen, or adjust the lighting in the room.


Digital eye strain is a growing problem as we continue to look at our screens even more. Make sure to take frequent breaks from screens and use artificial tears to insure your eyes stay healthy.

LASIK Success

Contrary to popular belief, LASIK is a safe, proven and effective procedure that can be life-changing for patients. Here at 20/20 Institute, about 98% of our patients achieve 20/20 vision or better after their procedure.


Why LASIK is Successful

LASIK is a quick and safe procedure. With bladeless LASIK, only cool lasers are used during the procedure – no sharp instruments are used. This cuts down on the risk of infection after the procedure and makes the recovery quicker and smoother.

The cool lasers used during the LASIK procedure are not as irritating to the eyes.  The recovery is quick, and most patients report that they can see better right after sitting up from the procedure. By their 1 day post-op appointment, most patients can see 20/20 or better.


Why You Should Get LASIK

LASIK can improve your vision and free you from the burden of glasses and contacts. Not to mention, LASIK is safer than contacts, because your risk for infection is much lower with LASIK than with daily and extended wear contacts. If you’re worried about recovery time, LASIK recovery is quick. Most patients can resume normal activities, like driving and going to work, within about 24 hours.


LASIK is a safe and proven procedure that can change patients’ lives by freeing them from the burden of glasses or contacts. To start your journey to visual freedom, call us or contact us online to schedule your free consultation!


LASIK and Self-Esteem

According to a recent study from Capella University, patients who had LASIK reported higher self-esteem and less symptoms of depression and stress after LASIK.

Relying on glasses or contacts can be a burden and can affect many aspects of a person’s life both personally and professionally, especially when doing everyday tasks like driving or reading. Depression and anxiety are often seen as coinciding conditions.


Higher Self Esteem and Less Depressive Symptoms after LASIK

Previous research studies focused on the effects of vision loss in older adults, but the Capella University study examined the effects of vision correction on younger working adults ages 22 to 55. The study compared patients’ depression symptoms, stress perception and self esteem before and after refractive vision correction surgery. The results indicated that the majority of patients’ depressive symptoms diminished after having LASIK or PRK.

Patient’s in the study also reported that their self-esteem significantly improved after having LASIK or PRK. Patients perceived themselves in a more positive light after their procedure, and they felt more confident in their personal and professional lives.


Our patients here at 20/20 are happy with the results from their procedures, whether it be LASIK, PRK or KAMRA. If you’re ready to see what a difference LASIK can make in your life, contact us today to schedule your complimentary consultation!


20/20 Institute Partners with IU Department of Ophthalmology

20/20 Institute is excited to be partnering with the IU School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology to assist in the education of the ophthalmology residents in the field of refractive surgery.

Dr. Zeh is our Board Certified Corneal Specialist who performs all refractive procedures at 20/20 Institute. He will be giving lectures to the residents on different topics of refractive surgery, and the residents will have the opportunity to visit 20/20 Institute. While the residents are here, they will have the opportunity to observe Dr. Zeh while he does procedures, as well as pre-op and post-op appointments.

The goal of this partnership is to educate residents on the types of procedures that are available for vision correction; patients who would be good candidates for LASIK procedures; and what outcomes can be expected from these procedures.

“There is really no substitute for seeing first hand how the lives of our patients are transformed by freeing them from the burden of vision correction devices, like glasses or contacts,” said Dr. Zeh.


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