Writing Eyes

What may you ask is ‘Writing Eyes’?  (Okay, I came up with the term)  Eye stress due to prolonged exposure to our computer monitors.

Symptoms of ‘Writing Eyes’?

  1. Dryness
  2. Burning/Itching
  3. Aching
  4. Headache

All of these result in a diminished capacity to creatively express ourselves in our writing.  Who wants to stare at a computer screen when your eyes feel like fiery marbles?

There are a few things we can do to alleviate some of the discomfort.

  1. Blink – A LOT.  When we sit at our computers, we have a tendency not to blink.
    Blinking allows your tear ducts to spread your naturally occurring lubricant – tears – to moisturize your eyes.  Use Artificial Tears – This is simple saline. It will refresh your eyes.
  2. Get up and Look around – The continual focus on the screen can create stress.  Take a step back from the monitor and look out the window, look at other objects in the room, or go take a walk. Change your focus.
  3. Reading/Computer Glasses – When it comes to eye health, there is no vanity.  If your eyes are really bothering you, suck it up and go see an eye doctor.  Cheaters, commonly known as reading glasses, will reduce eye strain and give you a literary look.
  4. Sunglasses – A pair of amber tinted/anti-glare sunglasses can be worth their weight in gold.  The Amber color helps relieve focus stress, the anti-glare coating will make the world a less shiny place.
  5. Eye Exercises – Yes, you will look funny if you do these simple exercises in front of people.  The benefits out way the embarrassment. 
  6. Eat your Fruit and Veggies –  Fruits and Vegetables all contain the nutrients and vitamins we need to maintain eye health.  Plus, it’s an added benefit of helping us cut down on our ‘writer snacks’.

Here is a great article with more ideas and solutions.

Between work and writing, I know I put in long hours on the computer.  I need all the help I can get.

Here’s to good writing and health in the New Year!



  • I’m willing to bet everyone who’s grown up with a computer will need glasses or lasik in their lifetimes…. Trying to do all six!

    • I had to go to my eye doctor recently, due to eye strain. He gave me some heavier duty eyedrops, they’ve helped. I think the blinking is the hardest (I know, it’s so simple).

  • Great advice! I get writing eyes all the time. The worst part is when I see lines of text in front of my face after looking away from the computer screen. 😉

    • Ah, the dreaded after image. There is a cure – a nap! 🙂

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