Save My Eyes from the Computer! 3 Easy Fixes to Reduce Eye Strain Symptoms

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I can see the light…. from my computer screen

My entire life, I have had 20/20 vision. This was amazing considering both of my parents and my sister all use glasses or contacts. I was told it was only a matter of time until i needed them. For my entire youth and early adulthood, I maintained my near perfect vision.

This all came to a crashing halt when I started working 40 hrs a week in front of a computer. In addition, I was in graduate school and spent most of my free time reading articles on the net. As a result I was experiencing a ton of eye strain symptoms and my vision came to a crashing halt.

I knew things were getting bad when I went to a baseball game with a  friend and he could read signs across the ball park and I could barely make out what what going on in the game.

Time to change things up.

I dug into the research and found little useful information. Most of the suggestions were “Use a computer less” or “take more frequent breaks”.

This was clearly not going to work for a massive nerd like me.

I was doomed….

I started trying everything, in order to save my eyes from the computer. Most things did nothing, but a few things helped.

Here is what worked for me…

NAC / CAN-C / BRIGHT EYES DROPS

These are no ordinary eye drops (I’m sure you have heard that a thousand times).

The NAC eye drops are bad ass. They are the only eye drop that I have found to stop my eye degeneration and even improve vision back to my normal 20/20. They contain two proven lubricants (hydroxypropyl-methylcellulose and glycerin. Both of which are FDA-approved for ophthalmic use without irritation.

I started using these drops around 2 years ago and within a few weeks my eye strain symptoms were gone. No more squinting when trying to read things in the distance and no more bloodshot/tired eyes at the end of the day.

What is NAC?

Where these eye drops actually make their money, is the addition of the antioxidant N-acetyl-carnosine, which helps protect the active ingredients against glycation. NAC is also a precursor to glutathione, also known as the most robust antioxidant currently available.

Money Maker Ingredient

  • N-acetyl-carnosine (NAC) -1.0%

Active Ingredients

  • Glycerin (lubricant) – 1.0%
  • Hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (lubricant) – 0.15%

Amazon Product Link

References:

New concept in nutrition for the maintenance of the aging eye redox regulation and therapeutic treatment of cataract disease; synergism of natural antioxidant imidazole-containing amino acid-based compounds, chaperone, and glutathione boosting agents: a systemic perspective on aging and longevity emerged from studies in humans.

The effect of a topical antioxidant formulation including N-acetyl carnosine on canine cataract: a preliminary study.

 

EYE DEFENDER

We have all heard of the 20/20/20 rule… right? Essentially, every 20 minutes you look away from your computer for twenty seconds fixed on an object 20 feet away.

How many of us actually take action and do it? Not many, including me for a while.

I found this program a while back and it does all of the thinking for me.

Essentially it is a glorified timer that notifies you when to take a break and look at something other than your screen. You tell the software how often you want to give your eyes a break and it notifies you when it is time to take one. Pretty simple huh?

I have it set to remind me every 20 minutes. I look away and focus on something 20-50 feet away for 20 seconds. Then I return to whatever I’m working on.

A small investment to save your eyes :)

Note: there are a bunch of programs out there that essentially do the same thing. Find one that works for you and post it in the comments section, if you would like to share.

Eye Defender Website Link

 

F.LUX

How much time do you spend in front of a computers, tablets,  TV or phone? I have some bad news for you… The majority of the light emitted from these devices is in the blue spectrum, meaning not good for your cortisol/melatonin daily rhythm. Too much blue light over the course of your day can ruin and especially at night, will ruin your bodies daily hormonal rhythms.

When your cortisol melatonin rhythm gets out of whack all areas of your life take a hit as well.

I use a program called F.LUX, which corrects the color of your computer screen match the sunrise and sunset.

Following the Sun’s Daily Color Spectrum

    • In the Early AM the sun emits a large amount of red light (less blue light).
    • In the mid-day the sun emits a large amount of blue light (less red)
    • In the evening the sun’s color spectrum is mostly red again (less blue).

I go way overboard with this program and remove most of the blue spectrum. This is mostly because I am already bathing in blue light from the fluorescent bulbs at work. I get comments from my coworkers  all the time.

They ask me: “why is your screen orange?” Pretty much on a weekly basis. I don’t care.

Install this free program on your computer to save your eyes and sleep better at night.

References

What’s in a Color? The Unique Human Health Effects of Blue Light

 

Taking Action

These are three easy things to implement in your daily routine. 2 of the 3 are completely free and will help you with your eye strain symptoms.

Take action and let me know how it goes.

Comment below.

 

This is how I feel after a day in front of the computer….

 

About Ben Austin

My friends call me the illegitimate love child of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bill Nye. I’m a bodybuilding-yogi-science loving-foodie bringing an engineering approach to lifestyle design. Join me as I analyze the systems that go into optimal mental and physical performance and explore the stories and tactics of people who set the standard for the rest of us.
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  • Greg

    Cool post. I have tried other eye drops in the past so I’ll check out the NAC eye drops.

    Thanks again!

    • Yeah the NAC eye drops are pretty sweet. They are expensive but totally worth it.

      Thanks for commenting!