Three Everyday Tasks Affecting Your Vision

Your vision defines every task you complete, yet there are three unavoidable causes of eye strain that you likely experience on a daily basis.    

Screen time 

Let’s face it, it is extremely difficult to avoid screen time. The majority of Americans use a screen throughout the workday, whether it be a computer, POS device, or cell phone. After work, we often find that the best way to relax and unwind is often with a movie or our favorite television show. Statistics on screen time for 2019 show that the average American spends more than seven hours a day using devices. The consequences include increased blurry vision, headaches, dry eyes, and additional strain on the eyes. As depressing as this sounds, there are plenty of ways to minimize the strain caused by screens. Take a look at our solutions for 20/20 vision in 2020. 


Like screen time, driving is an unavoidable task that plays a vital role in our daily routines. Eye fatigue is a common experience on the road, caused by driving long distances. Taking breaks when driving will help mitigate symptoms of eye fatigue, such as dry eyes, and will create a safer driving experience for you and your passengers. Driving both during the day and night can cause additional strain, due to glare from lights or the sun. Bodenhamer Eye Consultants offer a wide selection of sunglasses and protective lenses that will reduce glare both on the road and inside. 


Reading is a core component of daily activities. From taking note of ingredients listed in a recipe to comparing the gas prices at the station, reading is an unconscious (and essential) part of your routine. Reading requires a great deal of visual skills, and can result in strain or headaches if one or more is lacking. Often, updated prescription glasses can reduce or completely remove eye strain caused by reading.

While these tasks may all seem to be obvious ways you use your eyes each day, we encourage you to become more cognizant of how you go about these tasks on a daily basis. If you find that you are experiencing irregularities, take note, and discuss eye care treatments with your optometrist.