Avoid Red and Sore Eyes Computer Monitor Problems

My problem with red eyes were so big that I was unable to work in front of a computer screen.
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July 21, 2007

Symptoms of Sore and Red Eyes
- And some things that help

A bit of an unusual post by me, but I want to share my experiences regarding this topic.

About 7 years ago I had problems with my eyes that had grown so big I was unable to work in front of a computer screen more than 10 minutes at a time. My eyes would simply explode and all the white in them would become red.

Then that happened my eyes would also become sore. It had become a vicious circle and at the time many eyes doctors were clueless and had failed to read up on common symptoms among IT people who work many hours each day behind a computer.

Luckily I finally found an eye doctor that was of some help, and managed through experimentation to get my red eyes problem under control.

In the years following I tried a number of things. Some of these worked wonders. This is my own "as-is" personal list of tips and tricks to reduce problems with red and sore eyes:
  • Consult with an eye doctor if you experience problems with red eyes.
  • Get tear eye drops with no preservation additions. Usually that means one day dosis containers.
  • Get eyedrops against allergy, again unpreserved like the tear drops.
  • Make sure you do not expose you eyes to direct lighting. Experiment with slightly dimmed soft whole-room lighting.
  • Turn down contrast and light on computer screen.
  • Avoid reflections. Check your monitor, windows, glass frames etc. Avoid, dim and defocus all light reflection sources as much as possible.
  • Remember to blink with your eyes. Studies have shown those that work and read much at computer screens blink less, which in return dries the eyes.
  • Be aware of the room temperature. Computers can warm small rooms very quickly, and this can really worsen eye irritation.
  • Force some pauses into your work. Chat with colleagues, sort papers or whatever.
  • Use modern "flat screen" TFT monitors. Do not use one that reflects light!

Above are things that helped me the most. In addition you can also try:
  • Get your eyesight checked. Glasses can help reduce eyestrain "work stress" on eye muscles.
  • Try massage and relax the muscles around your eyes once in a while.
  • Get checked for obvious allergies. Whether it is pollen or something else.

63 thoughts on “Avoid Red and Sore Eyes Computer Monitor Problems

  1. Anna -


    I'm student from Austria. We made some “Glasses talk”, ther we are speaking about problems with eyes, eyewaer etc. Sombody ask how to proteck eyes during work on the computer.
    I saw your blog and my question is:
    could you write about your experiens?
    thank U

  2. Thomas Schulz -

    Hi Anna,

    Unfortunately I am not good at German, but perhaps you can point the forum readers to this blog post? If there are some tips in particular you feel need to be spread, feel free to translate them from English to German and post them in your forum ??

    I hope everyone with red and sore eyes in front of computers will help share their experiences, both here by posting comments in my blog, but also in forums around the net. It was close I had to give up working with computers completely.

  3. Ryan -

    I seem to be experiencing what you’ve described above as well. Prolonged use of a computer leads to my eyes going red, but not just a little… Totally red with the symptoms taking some time to go away. I’ll have to try some of the tips you’ve suggested here, thanks!

  4. Thomas Schulz -

    I think it took me more than an year of extremely careful computer use (minutes at a time in the beginning, my eyes could turn all-red that fast) and regular eye drops before I gained sufficient control of it. Took some time, but it slowly got better and better over the years. I still use eye drops in periods.

  5. Mat Schranz -

    Nine years ago I became addicted to a video game called “Total Annihilation”. I would play from whenever time my parents went to bed until 3-3:30 in the morning. My eyes began to get very sore and red and blood vessels in my eyes started to pop up. I thought this would go away like it usually did so I kept playing late into the night, night after night. Then after 3 days in particular of playing that late (pushing myself) they got so sore I couldn't even look at the monitor. After that, I couldn't even look at a TV or monitor for more than a few minutes. It took months of virtually no T.V. and computer to get back to being able view something for a half hour. It is now 9 years later and the Veins that popped up in my eyes have never faded. I still have problems looking at a computer screen for long periods of time. It is still causing problems. At work I am expected to produce CAD drawings all day on the computer and am now having the same reactions I did back then. I’m not sure If I will be able to continue this particular career that took me 5 years of school to achieve. Had someone told me back then that this terrible (and avoidable)problem would last so long I would have limited my game time!

    I hope this rant helps somebody.

  6. Thomas Schulz -

    Hi Mat,

    Sounds like our symptoms and experience have been quite similar.

    I myself was more of a C&C, Red Alert kind of guy. Even today I find games provoke red eyes much quicker than anything else. I am not sure of the reasons to this except it guess it could relate to eyes blinking even less and the constant intensive eye usage in e.g. real time strategy games.

    If you don’t already, I recommend you consider using tear eye drops. I sometimes use them 10 times a day. I use “one-dosis” containers (no conservatives). However, they could just as easily be called “on-day” containers. (I was told I could use the same throughout the day, and it fits well with the amount of drops available.)

    You should probably also consult with an eye doctor, and if he can’t help – go to another!
    The first eye doctor I visited laughed and “explained” computer screens could not give red eyes…

  7. Thomas Schulz -

    One more tip you might consider which I forgot to mention in my original list.

    Some tools (software development, but I imagine CAD as well) allows you to set a color theme. Some people think white is easier on the eyes, but I tend to use black background in my programming environment. It probably won’t do a huge difference for your eyes, but still worth trying out if you are already using all the tips mentioned in my “avoid red eyes” post.

  8. Peter Neerbek -

    Hej Thomas

    That is a annoying situation to be in. I can understand why you want to help others to avoid it. I hope it will never get that bad again. It is also wellwritten.

  9. Johannes Berg -

    With respect to background colours, I tend to use dark (black) background but find white much less a problem on TFT screens, while on CRT screens I cannot stand white background for prolonged work; on TFTs it’s still more strenuous but much better than on CRTs.

  10. Judy Dokmanovich -

    My eyes get red every day whether I am on the computer or not. I use eye drops repeatedly but they are not helping. Are there eye drops that are better than others? I have tried a few but with the same results. Is the gel better than the drops? I am going to see the eye doctor soon.

  11. Thomas Schulz -

    Perhaps you have allergies to something in your surroundings? Depending on what, it may be easy for an eye doctor to test. I also think you should try different eye tear/allergy drop products. They are not all entirely the same, and only one day/dose contains are without preservation. Under all circumstances, I really think you should consult an eye doctor.

  12. Ruud -

    I don’t have a solution, did have very tired eyes in the past. May I recall some old knowledge:
    sales arguments about television : keep a distance from the television about 7 times the crt – screen diagonal, mostly about 3 to 4 meters, with a pc monitor no option. Monitor 19 inch = about 48 cm x 7
    although I agree with you, modern tft / lcd flat monitor is better, nevertheless the CRT colors were better,
    colors : white is no color, it reflects all ; black is no color : it absorbs all. Think about that also when designing a webpage ?? . Webdesigners can try Color Wheel Pro for instance, shareware but very good, unfortunatly I’m not a shareholder ?? More important in my point of view is the contrast, a good contrast = less tired eyes.
    As point 1 , this time the backside of the monitor : a friend of mine, served 20 years ago as a military security officer , told me, he was able to re-create on a distance of 250 mtr behind the television, the video signal shown on the front side! Did you ever see a telephone call center, office islands of 4 monitors, each employee getting the radiation from the front, plus the radiaton of the backside from the monitor on the opposite, during one day it’s no problem, but even a stone get’s a hole after years of water, falling dropwise.

    All together : remember every monitor is an electronical and magnetical instrument and has radiation, centered in the middle of the screen and the backside, a sort of lasergun. Try to sit next to that radiation, as far as possible from the screen and the backside of the opposite monitor and use the buttons of the monitor, made for adjusting the colors and the contrast to personalize the monitor like good old James Bond said “For Your Eyes Only”.

  13. William Taylor -

    Perhaps it would be worth investing in a pair of sun glasses . . . they should offer some protection from the radiation the screens produce. I’m wearing a pair right now . . . it might look odd in public but even a low level tinted pair would do the trick – besides, it makes you look cool. Lol.

    All the best.

  14. brian -

    i wonder if polarized sunglassed have any effect. i use a pair of high end glassed that are not too dark many times with success. but that being said i have never had that dramatic of a problem.

  15. Dhaval -

    i work 8 hrs a day constanntly staring at screen having problems, for last few days.
    trying diffrent things like blinking eyes and applying cold hanky every hr.. these seem to help

  16. Rosie -

    Wow! Thomas I know you wrote this a year ago but I don’t care! How spot on this is as I am currently looking at my vampire red eyes as I write – and without a doubt it’s my nerdy computer existence! Nice piece.

  17. Monika -

    Matt Schranz makes a good point about video games. I have been playing some games online and for the first time EVER I got the red eye while on the computer. I have experienced eye strain and fatigue before, but this is the first time there was actual blood in my eye. Of course I didn’t learn, and today went back to playing video games, and it happened again! Reading about his story and how if I don’t quit this could keep my eye red FOREVER is making me play less. I wonder if using the computer over a period of years has caused my eyes to grow weaker? Someone should do a study on this and get some concrete data so they can develop better monitors or a safer way of using the computer for extended periods of time.

  18. Dominick -

    I had red eyes for over 1.5 months. First my eye Dr. said it was pink eye and prescribed me TOBRADEX which worked almost immediately. The next day my eyes were as white as eggs. 2 months have gone by and my eyes were back to red again. I went back to my Dr. to have another look, he then told me that I have eye allergies and must be alergic to something. He prescribed me LOTEMAX which has’nt even put a dent in my red eyes. Should I consult with an allergist to whether or not I am indeed allergic. I work on a computer all day but I also take breaks. I’m totally confused on what this is. My eyes have never had this happen to them.

  19. Hugo -

    Hi, this really is a spot on post. Having been working on the computer for 6 hours taking a few breaks interspersed just now i saw in the mirror that my eyes were all pink, gasp. So this has happened to me before also when using a computer for an extended period of time. That is my Macbook computer screen. So Dominick if you are working at a computer all day then taking regular breaks wont help. Unless you are especially careful. I do think the eyes weaken so that it can happened quicker the next time you get red eyes. I am now working on black on white with a slightly higher contrast so that i can work on a darker screen. So the black is dark enough to be bearable. But i think i should get off now since all i have heard about extended periods of exposure. And yes, I am starting to think more about blinking. see if that works, lol

  20. Hugo -

    Oh, and after consciously blinking a lot in my previous post I have now found the red eye substantially reduced. hope this helps.

  21. maria -

    Hi, just ran across this discussion and want to toss out a couple ideas. I have something called optical rosacea. What this essentially means is that my eyes get very irritated very easily. They also get clogged ducts and other fun stuff. BUT not nearly so much these days as before my eye doctor told me The Secret. (Heh, don’t worry, not about to launch into an ad for anything here!) He told me to do this thing and I looked at him like he’d totally lost it, “You want me to do what???”

    He told me to wash out the INSIDE of my eyelids with johnsons baby shampoo.

    Well, okay, after much discussion, I bought some and tried it. He told me to soap up a washcloth with it and nothing else and just pull down eyelids and very gently rub across the inside. Then to go ahead and do the entire eye area on the outside, paying special attention to the crevices where you get sleep cruddys. Well, my episodes of eye irritation and infection stuff dropped DRAMATICALLY. I mean like from about 6-8 major episodes per year to maybe 2 if that. Now while those numbers dont sound all that different, trust me, they are!

    Anyways, one more thing on that – I found that it does indeed have to be the brand name baby shampoo. All the other ones cause stinging or even more irritation.

    Okay so the next thing – I have found that most of the Hylands homeopathic eye drops are fantastic. I say “most” simply because I’ve not had reason to try all of them. I don’t have any in front of me to name the types exactly but there are some just for stressed eyes and some for pinkeye and a couple others.

    As to screen contrast and all that – I have this one little older dell laptop that for some reason isnt as irritating as most other screens. I do keep the screen fairly dim and I use a lower resolution than most people prefer (1024 X 768 right now but I’ve been known to go even lower at times too!) – but I have found that the higher the res, the quicker eye strain and fatigue seem to set in.

    Anyways, hope these help somebody somewhere at some point!

  22. James -

    I suffered badly with exactly this red sore eyes thing in the past, but after much searching about I decided the nutritional approach is (as often) usually the best. (Combined with other stuff).

    For the last 2 months I’ve been taking Lutein and Bilberry extract, and it really has helped relieve my red sore computer eyes. Not sure which (one or both), but together thay have really helped ease the problem.

    I was a little surprised, because I’m very particular about nutrition and my diet, and I always eat the best quality healthy and fresh organic food. I didn’t imagine I should be short of any essential nutrients affecting eye health. – but obviously for unnatural stuff like spending 8 hours every day in front of a monitor, this just wasn’t true. Try it, – nothing else worked for me.


  23. duffman -

    05Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 has destroyed my eyes. Be carefull

  24. David -

    Just adding my thoughts and experiences to the thread:

    * Maybe the problem & solution is a bit different for each of us. Sure be nice if it was all the same problem & solution = easy diagnosis.

    Wish I’d knew my eye stamina would deteriorate so soon back several years. And wish I’d thought/knew of the trick to change Windows coloring scheme to minimize eye strain. I hate the fact that most software makers and users prefer white backgrounds like reading text from a white paper printout. White is terrible on the computer screen. Better to go back to the days of DOS and terminal screens (black background, white/red/green text).

    For my eye problems, these are the quirks and solutions I’ve experienced:

    * Seems to me, my eyes get strained from the backlighting output from the digital screen, whether that be a monitor, iPod or portable video game console LCD screen, etc. Interestingly, the old monochrome black LCD displays of old school portable video games and the original Nintendo Gameboy don’t hurt my eyes because of the nice/easy contrast and no backlighting. Too bad that same monochrome display/contrasting doesn’t work when you go to 16+ bit color, which really requires backlighting.

    * For me, screen resolution doesn’t seem to matter as much. Rather the deciding factors are refresh rate on CRTs (60 Hz kills my eyes, I need 70+ Hz), and type of display for LCD monitors and laptop screens. It seems some work better on my eyes than other, with minimal or no screen configuration needed. Unfortunately, it’s too problematic to try all LCD monitors and laptops to find the right one. You’d need to work on it for 8 hrs to figure out if the display is good or not. And one can’t afford to buy them all to try. Rentals are really offered in most cases. Best I laptop screen for me so far seems to be the HP nc600 laptop or so.

    * Following on my point above, LCD screens tend to hurt my eyes more than CRTs. Perhaps that might be because LCDs don’t allow you to configure the refresh rate, standard is 60 Hz.

    * For CRTs, and sometimes LCDs, a glare filter seems to help my eyes, by filtering the strength of the screens backlighting. But the improvement factor is not as great for LCDs, probably because they’re just too bright. Tone them down, and the contrast strains your eyes from the dimness. Hard to find the right brightness/contrast ratio.

    * On Windows, hard to find the right dark color scheme that works for all the things you do on a computer. So I settled with standard color scheme but changed default background window color from white to a shade of gray. Too bad most websites force upon you white backgrounds, so that’s still a pain point for me.

    * The special moisturizing “tear” eye drops (not single use) seems to irritate my eyes. I can’t afford to try all the eye drop products but the one that seems to work best so far that I’ve stuck with is “Clear Eyes Tears + Redness Relief Liquid Gel”. It doesn’t get all the red out but makes me feel better with minimal or no irritation.

    * I’ve found that putting any (non single use) eye drop can still irritate your eyes, right away or over time. So what I do is put in eye drops, let it work my eyes for a bit, then wash away with water. It feels a bit tingly as you wash with water but then you don’t get irritation from the eye drops later.

  25. Article Writing Phil -

    I have noticed that taking breaks every 30-40 minutes seems to help quite a bit. I am not sure if eye crops are the best way as I have never tried that route. Its interesting to hear people say that the LCD isn’t the best on eye strain as I always heard that it was…Hmm

  26. Arku -

    I had the same problem with red eyes, it started a while ago, first I thought I just worked too much on the computer, but then I found your blog and read about reducing the contrast and brightness of my monitor. I instantly remembered that I had turned both, brightness and contrast up a few weeks ago. Thanks! ??

  27. laptop toshiba -

    I have noticed that taking breaks every 30-40 minutes seems to help quite a bit.

  28. Mystique -

    I came here looking for a cure to a similar problem in which I actually feel is computer related and that is that the skin around my eyes has become, red and my eyes kinda look swollen, using my computer at night/morning with the bedroom light off whilst I am continuously using my computer can’t be helping much. I came across a program you all might be interested in its called F.lux which is freeware that modifies the screens brightness and colours automatically for you on an internal schedule.

    Check it out here:

    btw I am not affiliated in any way with this software or its developers, I just found it a few months back and although I didn’t really like it the software is great and some of you might find merit in it, its also available for mac users too it seems.

    1. Thomas Schulz -

      Hi Plamen,

      Your story sounds quite close to mine. I can only speak from personal experience, but for me my eyes returned very slowly to *almost* normal. It took a couple of years where I had to be *extremely* careful. And a couple years more before I could game again. My eyes are still more red than others (and I also get the “pot” comments even though I never touched it!)

      But the point is that little by little my eyes got better. Steadily but surely. The moment you feel your eyes going red, stop staring into screens, take a break, do something else. (I would stay away completely from games if I were you.) The eye drops do no wonders, but they did help me a little after trying different ones.

      Like you have experienced, many eye doctors don’t have a clue. At least they didn’t 10 years ago. It was first my 3rd eye doctor that would even accept the concept of eyes going (extremely) red fast from starring into a computer screen relatively few minutes.

  29. Plamen -

    I’ve had allergies problems already 4 months… I used to be addicted to WoW and i played every day minimum of 3-8 hours I even had days when i spent my whole day on this game … I feel sry now my eyes are red every day i woke up . I look like I have been smoking pot. I cant play video games anymore nor watch tv for too long . My right eye got weaken .It feels dry and often swollen . Tried more than 5 different types of eye drops and none of them helped . I visited 2 eye specialist and they both have no solution for my problem . It just so sad Im only 17 years old and i cant play video games anymore… I cant even go to the movie theatre cuz of these allergies. I wear now normal reading glasses even though my vision is perfect. They help a little bit to reduce the strain on my eyes . I really hope that one day i will be back to normal =(

  30. Roi de Guzman -

    Hi. Im Roi de Guzman from Lucban, Quezon , Philippines.
    is it bad to use a Computer if you have a Sore Eyes ?
    please answer. thank you very much ??

  31. abhijith -

    hi iam Abhijith from Bahrain.I am 8 years old.my problem is that my right eye becomes red when i watch tv or computer more than 30 minutes. but i have no pain in my eyes.what is my problem? anyone can help me? please…..

  32. daniel j.v. Fischerbach -

    Year ago when I was studying to take the GRE I developed severe pain in one eye, the one I read with using monovision contacts. All I did was take a painkiller for it, and kept on. Then one day the pain got so severe I couldn’t stand it and I saw all these floaters of gel like material in that eye. To this day it is still there and when I get too tired I cannot use the computer. I don’t use contacts either to see computer for long periods, have to just go to glasses. This caused me to lose quite a bit of visual acuity in that eye and I have been told that it is an aging thing and cannot be corrected. It was not detached retina, it was the lining of the inside of the eye, some of which became detatched from straining and trying to see causing the shape of the eyeball to conform to the necessary curve to read with just one eye. I wonder if anyone else has had this problem. Unfortunately it was my good eye.

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  34. Hrvoje -

    Increasing frequency of monitor can help. Put it too 100 hz.

  35. Jason -

    Hi I just wanted to say great thread. I found some useful things to try. My problem started about a year and a half ago. I used to play my PSP and all of the sudden one day I noticed bright lights began hurting my eyes. So I started turning the contrast down on my screens. I got to a point where I couldn’t play small screens anymore. I find motion blur from the lcd screens irritates my eyes to. I have seen 2 eye doctors and they tell me I have 20/20 vision. Yet I have this stupid problem where my eyes get red and dry. I get intense headaches if I let the problem go to far. It almost seems like nothing helps as It never goes away.

    1. Thomas Schulz -

      I am glad to hear that a thread I wrote now some years ago still can help people. It was a major problem for me 10 years ago, but for me (and most other I imagine) there was light at the end of the tunnel. It took some years where things got gradually better, but today, although my eyes relatively speaking are still easy to get red (especially from games for some weird reason), I usually only have minimal or no problems working long hours in front of computers. So just hang in there and avoid all unnecessary things that cause red and irritated eyes. (I still do!) Over time the “permanent red” goes away and you can do more and more again without problems getting out of control. I can easily play games when with friends etc. i.e. casual gaming now and then. My eyes would not be able to handle gaming every day though, but I can work and program which for is more fun anyways ??

  36. Zohreh -

    hi, thanks a lot for your advices. all of them are useful for me. I said about them with my friends and suggest. now my problem became too less.
    good luck

  37. Steve Wild -

    For the past year and a half I have had constant problems, at first I put it down to a warm office and staring at computer code but my eyes went red sore and really itchy, bit like having grit in my eyes.

    Went to my opticians who referred me to the eye hospital who gave me a wide range of drops and ointments to put in daily and none of which did much good. What do you do when you spend your career on a computer? Some of the things I have picked up on and not in any order

    1 BLINK !!! it’s so important and when looking at fine detail it’s easy to forget
    2 Take breaks, get fresh air
    3 Lutein and Bilberry extract that James has mentioned was also reccomended as a try it and see and from testing and experimenting it does have a great affect.
    4 Fresh carrot juice in the morning
    5 water & zeolite drops which you can either apply into the eye or drink, its a natural cellular defense product that i picked up from a friend (helps remove toxins from the body, google for more info as I could write a whole website on my eye condition)
    6 If you work from home like I do you can wash your face regular in warm water which can help to keep them fresh and clean
    7 Johnsons baby shampoo to keep the tear ducts clean also helps

    It’s only till you start having the problems you then appreciate how important the eyes are and it’s not like a broken arm that you can put in a sling and know when it will be fixed!

    Thanks for sharing your comments, hope the above helps and try and see what is best for you

    1. Thomas Schulz -

      Just wanted to say thanks from bottom of my heart for all your comments ?? Please keep them coming as for anyone who has experienced this problem knows how incapacitating it can be! ??

      As I want to bring continued awareness to the issue about red eyes, I have created a topic about red and dry eyes at my forum. (Sibling website to this.)

      If you are interested in sharing knowledge and tips that work, please feel free to also post and discuss your comments there! (Or even create new posts related working in front of computers, eye problems etc.)

  38. tpickle -

    i wake up every morning with red bloodshot eyes. i use visene 3 to 4 times a day but it keeps coming back. doctor said it was a viral infection and gave an antibiotic but still did not solve the problem. my eyes are somewhat puffy and sore especially after using the computer and extremely red. ive tried everything over the counter to no avail.

  39. Garry Webster -

    I had exactly the same symptoms. I work at my pc all day and night sometimes and my eyes were literaly feeling the strain. I tried to alter resolution, etc even trying a different pc but none of that seemed to work. I had to change my reading glasses for a stronger pair of lenses and that seemd to help quite a lot.
    I also had to ensure i was taking regular breaks and that combined with my reading glasses upgrade worked for me.
    People dont seem to realise how much your eyes affect you when theyre tired. I sympathise to you all

  40. Astro -

    It’s reassuring to read that I’m not alone with this problem as most people give me a weird look when I describe it or dismiss it as I have the screen too bright (which it’s not).
    I’m fine when I creating artwork but reading off a computer screen always causes my eyes to hurt and the veins to swell up. I don’t know why one activity produces the problem and not the other. I can only conclude that I don’t blink so much when i’m reading!
    Thanks for all the advice shared so far ??

  41. Andre -

    I have the same problem, but only with one particular computer screen. It’s an Samsung, and it makes my eyes “bleed. My eyes get red, scratchy and just nasty looking. Contrast doesn’t help, and it feels somehow as it is the backlight of the screen doing it.

    Avoid the Samsung brand!

    1. Thomas Schulz -

      I think it is more or less random. Next month it could be another brand. Be sure to almost turn off light on the screen. I turn down both contrast and light almost all down. My thinking is that it’s non-wise to directly stare into something that “lights” things up. Helps turning both light and contrast down ??

      Note: As mentioned earlier, everyone please feel free to also share your comments in the red eyes forum discussion as well. (The forum is a sibling website to this blog!)

  42. esqprof -

    I teach college and am on and off the computer seven days a week. I have started to have such problems with my eyes after even 30 mins of work. My eyesight gets blurry as if I am looking through a water glass. And I get a dull headache. My eye doctor says that my prescription hasn’t changed and nothing seems wrong. But this problem is certainly affecting my work. I am glad I found this site. I am going to try moisturizing eye drops. I am amazed about the comments about blinking and realize that I don’t blink enough. And I am going to try light colored sunglasses to reduce the harsh light.

    If anyone has any suggestions specific to the blurring problem (not red eyes), I’d appreciate your comments. And I am going to try and find the settings for the screen to tone down the harsh white background. Thanks so much!

  43. Raman -

    wow.. i am echoing many of these sentiments myself… I noticed the red eye thing getting really bad after I played Doom 3 non stop for a month.. The brightness was getting so bad i could barely look at the screen for more than a few seconds… just deleted the games from my PC, and turned the brightness and contrast WAAAY, down, plus applied some eyedrops, and i am feeling some relief. i think overall abuse of the computer will eventually fuck your eyes. Got to be really careful with them.. thanks for all the wise words..

  44. Gaming Monitor -

    Wow this is so scary. I cannot believe this actually happens! Hope all is well!


  45. Dylan -

    Thank you so much my eyes go crazy after just 20 minutes of playing on my ps3 but this is helping and ur amazing

  46. Jason -

    I had posted on here about 6 months ago. I still have this problem but I found 2 solutions that have helped me a lot. I found a pair of Gunnar glasses they are supposed to help with looking at screens. They have a yellow tint and a slight magnification on them. If you have 20/20 vision they are pretty cheap. I got mine for 59 dollars. I think they usually go for close to 100 though. I thought It was fake but they allow me to play video games again. I used to be able to play for 15 minutes max now I can play for 2 hours or more. I still can’t play first person shooters though. Another thing I got was sun glasses. My eyes haven’t been strained as much so they are getting a little better. I’m still not better but this Is something. Hope this helps.

  47. Brian -

    Thx for all the tips & ideas on here. I’ve been having problems with this will try some of these out.
    Pls double check this, but for those using ‘red out’ or ‘red remover’ type eye drops. These have a vein constriction medication in them, to reduce swelling Temporarily, but aren’t ment for long term, repeated use like most on here have tried or need. Just an FYI.
    Thx again, Brian

  48. SJT -

    Hey, I just found this post, but am wondering if this is what I’m going through or not… I’m somewhat of an insomniac. Over the past… eight or nine months, I’ve taken to spending my extra time on the computer- even more so now that school’s out and nobody’s hiring. I spend the overwhelming majority of my day on my computer, writing, reading, playing games and doing artwork or making movies with various programs. But despite this constant computer use, I haven’t experienced any sort of irritation or pain in my eyes until this last week. Mainly it’s a dryness/itchiness feeling, not really any redness. I don’t have any allergies (otherwise this should have manifested itself earlier) and my computer use is about the only change I’ve experienced recently (but even that’s not much of a drastic change over the past months). Is it possible that the case so many of you have commented on going through up here is what I’m experiencing? Or I’ve also heard that if you get sick and touch your eyes it can get infected and irritated- but again, no physical signs of irritation are present (as of yet). I know this post is old, but I would appreciate any feedback or advice. Hypochondriac here…

  49. Shirley Chisolm -

    Your sort is very informative and educative. I’m always staring on my computer always because of my job. I don’t want to experience like what you experienced. Your blog is useful and big help for the readers to follow your tips. Thank for the information.

  50. Salnazi -

    Hi ,

    I am Salnazi origin from India. Currently, I am working as a PHP web programmer in Dubai. I also facing the same problem as you said past 10 days( Red eye with tears. ). Before that I got only tears whenever I use to watch the monitor. But Now, My eyes also going to Red. I am suffering a lot. I am working in front of computer more than 11 hours.. Thats the problem or somewhat?…

  51. Top Computer Monitors -

    I have had this problem as well and this is what led me to researching and reviewing monitors… One thing that has really helped me is to go to sleep on time and AVOID Caffeine like the plague. I’m not sure why but it really messes me up when I work all day long on the computer and have caffeine as well. I just bought an LED monitor and that’s helped as well.

  52. Shishir -

    Few tips and i could control dryness–
    My problem started when i was working in Las Vegas and has been there since but always under control unless i get careless.

    take 1000mg flax seed oil or fish oil daily for Omega 3, it helps lubricate eyes.
    walnuts have Omega 3 but very less.

    Humidifier works like wonders.
    get warm mist humidifier(for winters)
    get cool mist humidifier for summers.

    sit in a way that more light falls on the monitor than light coming towards your eye.
    (i tend to tilt my laptop screen as upwards as possible. )

    If all other things cannot be maintained, Use eye drop without preservative available as vial instead of bottle.

  53. Jamie -

    Iv notices my eyes go red in 2011 after play on the Xbox for a hour my right eye blood vessel would be really red and the left one wouldn’t be as bad , at the end of 2011 I notice the blood vessels in both eyes where red and I never had it like this before cos my eyes have always been white so I decided to go and get my eyes tested , they said I had dry eyes as I’m long sighted in my right eye so that’s why the right eye goes red quicker cos it’s working harder all they did was give me eye lubricant and said you need glasses for when you concentrate , I did ask do I need them for driving and he said no , since then i think my eyes have gone worst they go red all the time they burn and go red every time I get in the car sumtimes I get headaches when my eyes play up , they did say it does this due to old age and I’m only 30 and my doesn’t even have this and she’s a lot older , im thinking about going to a different eye doctor cos I just wasn’t happy with the service and don’t you concentrate when you drive mmmmm

  54. Farhad Tabrizli -


    I am a PhD student working in Sweden and recently I have gotten irritated eyes after reading a lot on Monitor and playing the addictive ‘clash of clans’ on my cell phone and add to that the FB-check and my personal stuff you could guess I hame more than 80% my life on the Net!

    I will try to listen to you (blink and drops and etc.) But I think society and way of life is an important factor. So, one should solve problems from the source they say

    I hope it gets better anyways!

  55. Dkchocoman -

    My eyes are always red and fatigued after typing research papers online, since I compose as I type them for hours on end. Its the only way I know to write papers. I seem to get inspired that way. Lol i know I should stop this method of composing my papers, it would be better for my eyes. Do you recommend those eye drops with menthol in them to combat eye fatigue/strain?

  56. Mart Hartford -

    Thanks for this post! This really helped me out, my eye was getting so annoying!

  57. Kristoffer Jeberg -

    Great thread, thanks for making this. I got this problem too, especially on the handheld gaming console, like David. Whenever I play PS Vita my eyes get strained and bloodshot very quickly. So irritating. Eyedrops don’t help much ??

  58. computer screen eyes -

    i’ve noticed the blinking issue when looking at screens. i’ll try to keep it in mind for the future

  59. Lisa -

    I have had the issue with bloodshot eyes for years as I work in front of a computer 8 hours per day, 5 days a weak. Eye doctors have told me to use tear drops, blink more, reading glasses, ect. None of these reccomendations made a significant difference. I’ve done alot of online searching and noticed “computer glasses”. I ordered some online and have been wearing them today. Any other day, my eyes would be bloodshot as I type, but they are not. I’ve been using tear drops as usual once an hour in additon to wearing my GammaRay computer glasses. This is the first time in years, my eyes have not become red by this time. i’m so happy and wanted to share, as i know the fustration of looking tired, high or unhealthy when none of those apply.

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