Tips to take care of the eyes when we return to the routine

The holidays are over and everyone, big and small, returns to the routine. That implies a change of habits. We return to stand in front of the screens, so many hours of sun, beach or pool are over and our eyes suffer. So that the change is less traumatic and the transition is more bearable and as a reference ophthalmology center in Barcelona, ​​we give you a series of tips to keep our eye health in good condition.

Whether we telecommute or not, most of us spend many hours in front of a computer screen. To prevent our eyes from getting excessively tired, we should:

Take regular breaks

At least every hour we should rest our eyes, take it away from the screen, get up from our chair and stretch our legs a little. This will not only be good for us at the ocular level but also at the muscular level in general. Staying in the same position for too long causes numbness in the muscles and continuously looking at the screen can cause itchy and red eyes

Blink from time to time

It seems obvious, but an act as common and automatic as blinking our breasts forgets us when we are very concentrated doing a job in front of a screen. That is why it is convenient that we remember to blink, because every time we close and open the eyelashes we are lubricating the eye. Without this lubrication the eye becomes dry and red.

Use quality screens

Not all computer screens are equally good. There are currently brands on the market that offer us screens with a softer luminosity that even adapt to the different lighting conditions that can occur in the workplace during the working day. An excess of light will make our eyes dry more quickly and it will be difficult for us to focus on the letters.

Stand at the right distance

Standing at the correct distance and in the right posture is key so that our eyes do not tire so much and also to avoid the appearance of muscle problems due to poor posture.

The screen should be at eye level. If it is above or below, our cervicals can suffer a lot. And all the experts agree that the correct distance would be around 60cm from our eyes to the screen.

Light up your workplace

Natural light is always better than artificial light. Although it is also true that natural light will be different depending on the time of day or can fluctuate due to clouds and this can even tire our eyes. The ideal is always to have a window through which natural light enters and reinforce it with adequate artificial light, which is not too powerful or too weak.

Hydrate your eyes

The artificial tear is of great help to help our eyes stay hydrated. There are many types of tears on the market with different compositions according to our needs. Let yourself be advised by your optician or your ophthalmologist to choose the one that best suits your needs.

Most common childhood pathologies

There are a number of very common pathologies in children that we must be able to detect early:

Myopia and Hyperopia

These are two of the most frequent pathologies. Myopia appears when we lose the ability to focus far away, unlike hyperopia that prevents us from having a correct vision of close objects. Both one and the other can seriously affect our children’s school performance since if they are not able to focus on distant objects such as the blackboard or close objects such as the notebook, they will hardly be able to carry out the daily tasks entrusted to them in class.

The solution in the case of children or adolescents is always the use of glasses that correct the visual defect.

Amblyopia or lazy eye

Sometimes one of the children’s eyes stops working properly, little by little it loses its ability to focus and simply lets the other eye, the one known as the dominant eye, do all the work. It is a neuronal problem that, if not detected in time, will end up leaving the affected eye incapacitated.

The solution, although it may seem very cumbersome and somewhat uncomfortable, and often difficult to manage with children, is also very effective: it is about covering the dominant eye to force the affected person to work. To do this, either a patch is placed over the eye or one of the lenses of the glasses used by the child is opaqued.


It is a visual defect that causes one of the two eyes -or sometimes also both eyes- to divert their position with respect to the point of focus. This loss of parallelism makes it impossible to focus correctly or even causes double vision.

The treatment can be very different depending on the type of strabismus as well as the stage in which it is diagnosed. It is possible that it is simply corrected with glasses or it may require a surgical intervention to retouch the muscles responsible for ocular mobility.

Avoiding school failure

Any of these pathologies can greatly affect the correct development of learning in minors.

At Castanera Ophthalmology Clinic we have the most qualified pediatric ophthalmologists and optometrists to be able to satisfactorily solve any of these problems that children may present.

Check your eyesight

At Clínica Castanera we always recommend checking our eyesight periodically to anticipate the appearance of possible eye diseases at least once a year. Pathologies such as myopia, hyperopia, glaucoma, tired eyes significantly affect our vision and consequently our performance, which is why it is important to check our visual acuity regularly.

In the case of the smallest of the house, we must be very attentive and always anticipate any visual problem that they may present in order to remedy it as soon as possible and they can continue with their usual tasks.