Protecting your vision is easier than you think, says Nutritional Therapist Kerry O’Connor.

We’ve all experienced tired and strained eyes, be it from time spent watching our favourite Netflix series or from working too many hours in front of the computer. However, if this is becoming the norm for you and you suffer from dry eyes, irritation, blurry vision and tiredness you could be suffering from a condition called digital eye strain.

Most of us are unaware of the amount of blue light we are exposed to and it comes from far more sources than we think. We have smartphones, laptops, computers, tablets, gaming systems and LED TV, so it’s easy to see how blue light exposure can accumulate over the course of a day. Symptoms including red eyes and headaches are thought to be due to overexposure to blue light emitted from digital devices. The waves emitted from these devices can penetrate deep into the eyes and create a glare that leads to irritation and tiredness.

We tend to blink less frequently when looking at devices, your eyes react to images changing and shifting focus and the screens flicker, glare and contrast, which puts a lot of strain on eye muscles. Research shows that between 50-90% of people working in front of a computer suffer from some form of digital eye strain, and as you can imagine it is now greatly affecting children’s eyesight too. Ophthalmologists are seeing a large increase in children with dry eyes and strain due to too much screen time.

It’s very important to make sure you stay hydrated, so remember to drink plenty of water. Taking a good Omega 3 supplement that contains phospholipids and astaxanthin such as Cleanmarine Krill Oil will help with lubrication. Try to spend plenty of time in daylight too.

Many people who suffer from dry eyes or wear contact lenses use a product called Eye Logic, which they find very beneficial. Eye Logic comes in a spray or drops and incorporates a revolutionary delivery system which works immediately on irritated and tired eyes. It helps treat the deficiency in the lipid layer (the oily layer of the tear film) with phospholipid liposomes, which are small bubbles made of the same material as the cell membrane, which can carry nutrients to cells.

Eye Logic is made from natural soy lecithin and is preservative free, safe and easy to use even whilst wearing contact lenses and can be used up to six months after opening. It doesn’t distort your vision and won’t disturb the natural tear mechanism like artificial tear products.