Dry eyes make your work day feel longer? Digital eye strain may be the culprit.


How much time do you spend in front of your screen? You may be surprised at how quickly the time adds up. The average American worker spends seven hours a day on the computer, either in the office or working from home. 

Even if you don’t work at a computer, you still squint at phone screens, tablets, and other digital screens, which may cause your eyes to suffer, leading to the development of dry eye and digital eye strain.

To make matters worse, symptoms can prevent you from getting your work done, making it take even longer! Fortunately, there are ways to combat these negative consequences, so you don’t have to spend any longer at work than you need to.

What Are the Symptoms of Dry Eyes?

Dry eye is widespread; more than 16 million Americans experience these common dry eye symptoms:

How Do Dry Eyes Make It Harder to Get Work Done?

Often, over-the-counter (OTC) treatments for dry eyes do not do the job (pun intended). Three out of every four dry eye sufferers use an OTC medication, but only one-third gets relief with these types of eye drops.

Three out of every four dry eye sufferers use an OTC medication, but only one-third gets relief with these types of eye drops. Three out of every four dry eye sufferers use an OTC medication, but only one-third gets relief with these types of eye drops.

How to Take Care Of Dry Eyes Without Sacrificing Work Productivity

The most common workplace triggers for dry eyes are low humidity, air conditioning, wind, air pollution and contact lens use. If you don’t want to spend longer doing working than you have to, consider these strategies to reduce dry eye symptoms:
  1. Use a microwaveable moist heat eye compress, such as the Bruder dry eye mask, to both treat your dry eyes and prevent worsening dry eye symptoms in the future.
  2. Stay hydrated. Keep a large bottle of water at your desk or work station and bring extra with you to work, if you can’t refill during the day.
  3. If you do need to wear a facemask for your job, eye doctors recommend taking mask breaks every few hours. Wearing a face mask forces more exhaled air upwards towards your eyes, drying them out.
  4. Who is not spending more hours a day on video calls? Don’t forget the blinking exercises and the 20-20-20 rule recommended by the American Optometric Association to reduce dry eyes, eye strain, and Zoom fatigue.
  5. Try bringing a humidifier to your work or home office.
  6. Some doctors recommend taking dietary fatty acid supplements, so ask your doctor whether they recommend a supplement to help your dry eyes.
  7. Don’t be shy about calling your eye doctor. A prescription eye drop may be helpful.


A Daily Eye Hygiene Routine Can Help:

How Does Routine Moist Eye Heat Therapy Help Dry Eyes?

Think of regularly using an eye compress mask for your dry eyes like flossing your teeth. Just as flossing prevents cavities, using a dry eye mask can help keep your eyes more lubricated and comfortable. The moist heat in the Bruder eye hydrating compress penetrates more deeply than dry heat or a cold compress for eyes and helps to keep the tiny glands on your eyelids open. These glands secrete oil that is a natural lubricant to helps form a slick barrier called a tear film. Your eyelid is able to slide more easily over this barrier and irritants can’t stick as well to it. The oil also mixes with your tears to slow down how fast they evaporate.

In short, by using a comfortable heated eye compress daily, may be less distracted by discomfort at work.

How to Choose the Best Eye Mask for Dry Eyes

Microwavable eye masks are an easy, natural, low-cost self-treatment for dry eyes. Traditional warm compresses such as a washcloth or a rice bag held over your eyes for a few minutes don’t work as well as the Bruder moist heat eye compress for several reasons:

  1. A washcloth doesn’t stay hot enough long enough to reliably liquify the oil in the meibomian glands.
  2. Rice or grain-filled bags produce dry heat, not moist heat. Moist heat penetrates more deeply to release the lubricating oils from your meibomian glands.
  3. Rice or grain-filled eye compresses can become home to bacteria and fungus- definitely not want you want to be putting near your eyes!
  4. The Bruder Therapeutic Eye Mask can be easily reheated repeatedly in the microwave, for increments of 5 seconds, so you don’t have to worry about burning yourself or dealing with a cord.
  5. The scientifically-designed cover of the Bruder eye mask is anti-bacterial and non-allergenic, reducing the chances of causing an eye infection or irritating your sensitive eye area further.
  6. You can hand wash the Bruder eye mask. Buckwheat, rice, or most cold compresses can not be submerged in water.
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Blurry Vision? Dry Eye and Screen Time May Be to Blame

Dry eye is a chronic condition, meaning it can get worse and worse the longer you ignore it.

Some of the things that keep us healthy aren’t very enjoyable, but relaxing for a few minutes each day with an eye mask while listening to your favorite music or a podcast can be pretty fantastic. In fact, moist heat eye compress therapy feels great while you’re using it and can make your workday a little better too.

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