In the hustle of the modern workplace, our eyes often bear the brunt of prolonged screen time. The Simple Habits for Preventing Dry Eyes at Work can make a significant difference, ensuring your eyes stay refreshed and focused. Let’s delve into a comprehensive guide that not only informs but empowers you to safeguard your vision

Navigating the demands of work while safeguarding your vision requires a thoughtful approach. Here’s a detailed look at the Simple Habits for Preventing Dry Eyes at Work.

Simple Habits for Preventing Dry Eyes at Work: A Comprehensive Guide

The Digital Age Impact

In our tech-centric era, prolonged screen exposure is inevitable. Acknowledging this reality is the first step towards healthier eyes.

Causes and Symptoms

Understanding the root causes and early signs of dry eyes empowers you to take proactive measures, ensuring optimal eye health.

The 20-20-20 Rule

Implementing the 20-20-20 rule—taking a 20-second break every 20 minutes to focus on something 20 feet away—reduces eye strain significantly.

Setting Up Your Desk for Eye Health

Ergonomics play a crucial role. Ensure your monitor is at eye level, reducing strain on your neck and eyes.

Drinking Water for Moisture

Hydration is key. Drinking an adequate amount of water keeps your eyes moisturized from within.

Foods That Nourish Your Eyes

Incorporate omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin-rich foods into your diet to support eye health.

Adjusting Brightness and Positioning

Optimize your screen settings to reduce glare and position your monitor at a comfortable angle.

Strengthening Your Eye Muscles

Simple eye exercises, like focusing on near and far objects, help maintain flexibility and strength.

Illuminating Your Workspace

Ensure your workspace is well-lit, minimizing eye strain caused by poor lighting conditions.

Adding Moisture to Dry Environments

Using a humidifier in your workspace prevents your eyes from drying out in air-conditioned or heated environments.

Palming and Relaxation

Practice palming—covering your closed eyes with your palms—for a few minutes to relax eye muscles.

Types and Application

Choosing the right eye drops, whether artificial tears or prescription, depends on your specific needs.

How Sleep Affects Eye Health

Prioritize a good night’s sleep as it directly impacts the overall health of your eyes.

Relieving Eye Strain through Physical Activity

Incorporate desk stretches to alleviate eye strain and improve overall well-being.

Detecting Issues Early On

Regular eye check-ups can identify potential problems before they escalate, ensuring timely intervention.

Ensuring Adequate Rest Intervals

Balancing work with breaks is crucial. Schedule short pauses to let your eyes rest.

Incorporating Habits into Your Day

Simple habits, like consciously blinking and following the 20-20-20 rule, become second nature with consistent practice.

Using Filters and Glasses

Reduce blue light exposure with screen filters or specialized glasses, protecting your eyes from digital strain.

Meditation for Eye Wellness

Mindfulness techniques, including meditation, contribute to reducing stress and promoting eye health.

Soothing Scents for Calmness

Aromatherapy, with scents like lavender and chamomile, can enhance relaxation during work hours.

Tips for Comfortable Usage

Contact lens wearers should follow hygiene practices and use lubricating drops to prevent discomfort.

Seeking Expert Advice

When in doubt, consult an eye care professional for personalized guidance on your eye health journey.

FAQs About Dry Eyes at Work

Q: Can dry eyes be a result of excessive screen time? Yes, prolonged screen exposure can lead to dry eyes. Follow the 20-20-20 rule to alleviate symptoms.

Q: Are artificial tears safe for regular use? Artificial tears are generally safe but consult your eye care professional for personalized advice.

Q: Can poor lighting cause dry eyes? Yes, inadequate lighting can strain your eyes. Ensure proper illumination in your workspace.

Q: How often should I have my eyes checked? Regular eye check-ups are recommended annually or as advised by your eye care specialist.

Q: Can desk stretches really help with eye strain? Absolutely! Simple stretches enhance blood circulation, reducing eye strain.

Q: Is it necessary to use screen filters for eye protection? Using screen filters is advisable, especially if you spend extended hours on digital devices.


Taking charge of your eye health at work is not just a necessity; it’s a commitment to your overall well-being. By incorporating these Simple Habits for Preventing Dry Eyes at Work, you empower yourself to thrive in the digital age while safeguarding your most precious sense—sight.

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Dr. Bryan Fuller

Dr. Bryan Fuller of Tatum Eye Care in Phoenix Arizona
Dr. Fuller grew up in Issaquah, Washington and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University. He decided to ditch the calculator and trade it in for a phoropter and slit lamp. He headed east to The Ohio State University where he received his Optometry degree in 1998. Go Bucks! Not wanting to return to the gray of Washington, after graduation, he headed southwest to sunny Arizona. Shortly thereafter he met Dr. McPhelan and they partnered up at their original location, Optical Illusions. With the success of the first location, the two doctors opened up their north location, Optique at the Ridge. After many years of operating the two locations, it was time for an upgrade. In 2016 they merged the two locations into their larger and current location, Tatum Eyecare! When not at the office, Dr. Fuller enjoys spending his free time with his amazing wife and two boys. Dr. Fuller holds the following degrees:

Ohio State University - Doctorate of Optometry
Washington State University - B.S. Mechanical Engineering

Dr. James McPhelan

Dr. James McPhelan of Tatum Eye Care in Phoenix Arizona
Dr. McPhelan grew up in Southern California and enlisted in the Army at age 17. He graduated from Southern California College of Optometry in 1976, then started practicing optometry in Arizona in 1977. Over the next few years, he grew 20/20 Eye Care to 15 offices. In 1999, he and Dr. Fuller took over Optical Illusions, then opened Optique at the Ridge. In 2016, they created Tatum Eyecare. In his spare time, Dr. McPhelan is an avid golfer, often competing in multiple tournaments through the year. Dr. McPhelan holds the following degrees:

Southern California College of Optometry - Doctorate of Optometry

Dr. Houle

Dr. Houle
Dr. Houle is following in her father's footsteps as an optometrist. She is a North Dakota native who received her Bachelor's degree from the University of North Dakota before earning her Doctorate of Optometry from Midwestern University - Arizona College of Optometry. Dr. Houle began her career in eye care more than 10 years ago, and she worked as a receptionist, optician, and technician before becoming an optometrist. She has a particular interest in the management of ocular disease including dry eye and glaucoma. In her free time, Dr. Houle is an avid baseball fan (go Twins!) and spends as much time as possible with her friends and family in both Arizona and North Dakota.

Midwestern University – Arizona College of Optometry - Doctorate of Optometry
University of North Dakota - Bachelor of Science: Biology

Dr. Kenneth O'Daniel

Dr. Kenneth O'Daniel of Tatum Eye Care in Phoenix Arizona
Dr. O’Daniel was born in the beautiful mountains of Waynesville, North Carolina and grew up in Dayton, Ohio. He attended Wright State University and graduated with his BS in Biology in 1977; shortly thereafter, beginning his Masters in BioChemistry.

Dr. O’Daniel is also a 1983 graduate of the Illinois College Optometry. He met his wife Lori during this period. Lori, a Chicago native, became an integral part of his practice (and life!) shortly thereafter.
He moved to Scottsdale in 1986 to begin practicing inside LensCrafters. In 1990 Dr. O'Daniel opened the Scottsdale LensCrafters, and he also presided as its director of Optometric services.
Dr. O’Daniel became an Optometrist because of his love and passion for photography, physics, and desire provide patients with the ability to see the world more clearly. As a licensed optometrist, Dr. O’Daniel provides complete eye care services for the surrounding communities ages seven and up.
Dr. O’Daniel has had a working relationship with both Dr. Fuller and McPhellan for over two decades. He has served as past director for the Arizona Optometric Association, and past President of the Central Arizona Optometric Society. In January, 2018 Dr. O’Daniel decided to join Tatum Eye Care, the premier Eye Care Center in Phoenix and Scottsdale.
Dr. O’Daniel’s goal is simple: Provide Excellent Eye Care, treat patients as family, and treat everyone honestly and fairly!

Dr. Christina Wong

Dr. Christina Wong of Tatum Eye Care in Phoenix Arizona
A southern California native, Dr. Wong attended UCLA where she received her B.S. in Biology. She then completed her Doctorate of Optometry at the Southern California College of Optometry. Dr. Wong moved to Arizona to complete a residency in ocular disease at Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital on the Gila River Indian Reservation. Following residency, Dr. Wong earned the distinction of Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry.

Dr. Wong provides comprehensive eye care to patients of all ages, from pediatrics through seniors. She has a special interest in the management of medical eye conditions including glaucoma, eye infections, dry eye and diabetic retinopathy.
Outside of the office, Dr. Wong enjoys running, going to the beach, rooting for the Bruins, and spending time with her husband and three daughters.
University of California Los Angeles - B.S. in Biology
Southern California College of Optometry - Doctorate of Optometry

Dr. Ryan Felten

Dr. Felten of Tatum Eye Care in Phoenix Arizona
Dr. Felten is a native to Arizona, and was raised in North Phoenix where most of his family still resides. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University; then returned home to Arizona to pursue his Doctor of Optometry at Midwestern University in Glendale. While at Midwestern University, he was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society and was the recipient of the Clinical Excellence Award in Pediatrics and Vision Therapy. Dr. Felten enjoys working with patients of all ages and also speaks fluent Spanish. Dr. Felten holds the following degrees:

Brigham Young University - Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science
Midwestern University - Doctorate of Optometry