In a world dominated by screens, the battle against Digital Eye Strain is real. From smartphones to laptops, our eyes are constantly exposed to digital screens, impacting both our health and productivity. This article delves into comprehensive strategies, ensuring you not only recognize the signs but also adopt effective practices to alleviate Digital Eye Strain.

Importance of Addressing Digital Eye Strain:

Digital Eye Strain isn’t just an inconvenience; it’s a health concern. Prolonged exposure can lead to headaches, blurred vision, and decreased work performance. Acknowledging its importance is the first step toward a healthier relationship with screens.

Recognizing Digital Eye Strain:

Understanding the enemy is crucial. Symptoms like eye fatigue, dryness, and headaches signal Digital Eye Strain. Recognizing these signs early empowers you to take proactive measures.

Causes of Digital Eye Strain:

Identifying the culprits behind Digital Eye Strain is key. Factors such as prolonged screen time and inadequate lighting contribute significantly. This section unveils the villains affecting your eye health.

Tips for Reducing Digital Eye Strain:

Implementing practical solutions is the cornerstone of combating Digital Eye Strain. The 20-20-20 rule, adjusting screen brightness, and incorporating blue light filters are indispensable tools in your arsenal.

Ergonomic Practices:

Your workspace matters. Properly setting up your workstation and maintaining a correct seating posture can dramatically reduce eye strain. Discover ergonomic practices that transform your screen time experience.

Importance of Regular Eye Exams:

Don’t underestimate the power of regular eye check-ups. Detecting vision issues early can prevent long-term damage and ensure your eyes are in top condition for the digital demands of modern life.

Recommended Screen Time Limits:

Balancing work and breaks is an art. Setting screen time limits, along with outdoor activities, contributes to a healthier lifestyle. Find the equilibrium that works for you.

Digital Eye Strain: Tips for Screen Users:

Delve into specific tips tailored for screen users. Adjust font size and contrast, practice blinking exercises, and prioritize hydration to keep your eyes refreshed and resilient.


Can Digital Eye Strain Lead to Permanent Damage? Yes, prolonged exposure can lead to permanent damage. Regular breaks and preventive measures are crucial.

Are Blue Light Glasses Effective? Studies suggest they can reduce eye strain, but they’re not a one-size-fits-all solution. Consult an optometrist for personalized advice.

How Often Should Screen Users Take Breaks? Every 20 minutes, follow the 20-20-20 rule: look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

Can Digital Eye Strain Affect Children? Absolutely. Children are susceptible, and screen time should be monitored to protect their developing eyes.

Is Screen Brightness a Significant Factor? Yes, adjusting brightness to match your environment reduces strain and improves visual comfort.

What Foods Promote Eye Health? Nutrient-rich foods like leafy greens, fish, and citrus fruits support eye health.


Incorporate these tips into your daily routine for a screen-smart lifestyle. The battle against Digital Eye Strain is ongoing, but armed with knowledge, you can emerge victorious. Here’s to healthier eyes and a more vibrant digital experience!

Tatum Eyecare is North Phoenix’s premier family eye care center. We’ve spared no expense to create the most pleasant, comfortable patient experience… including the finest furnishings, the best selection of prescription eyeglass frames, the most cutting-edge technology, and the most outstanding team of industry professionals. Come see why the choice for family eye care in the Valley has never been clearer.

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