Do You Experience Eye Strain?

With many of us now working from home we are spending more device time staring at screens, TV, iPads, video games and phones.

You may experience eye strain.  Symptoms of eye strain can be watering eyes, blurred vision, dry scratchy eyes, headaches and redness. We have put together some helpful tips.

20/20/20 Rule

This rule is an easy one.  Anytime you find yourself staring at a screen for long periods of time remember the 20/20/20 rule. Every 20 minutes take a 20 second break looking at something at least 20 feet away.  While you are at it take a moment to relax your shoulders and neck with a bit of a stretch.  Why not get up and grab a glass of water?  It’s always good to remain hydrated.  So, set a timer or download the Eyecare 20 20 20 app and this will help remind you to take a quick eye break to allow your eye muscles to relax.

Blue light filtering glasses

Blue light isn’t something new, in fact, we need blue light for good health.  The sun produces natural blue light and that helps us regulate our circadian rhythm, makes us feel happy and can heighten our reaction times. Non-natural sources of blue light surround us in the form of artificial lighting, computers and devices, and these can interfere with our sleep and strain our eyes if we are not careful. One of the best ways to prevent disruption to your circadian rhythm is to turn your devices off an hour before bed.

Blue light from computer screens and digital devices can decrease screen contrast leading to digital eyestrain. Symptoms of digital eyestrain include sore or irritated eyes and difficulty focusing. While there isn’t a lot of research to back up claims that blue light glasses prevent digital eyestrain many people who have worn blue light filtering lenses report less strain on their eyes.

Blink more often

When you concentrate on what you are doing at the computer there is a tendency to not to blink.  This can be a cause of eye strain and dry eyes. Again, set a reminder or write yourself a sticky note and put it somewhere you look often, just to remind yourself to blink every now and then!

Change up your devices settings

There are a few adjustments you can make to your phone, computer, tablet or electronic reading device to minimize the blue light coming from the screen. In the settings on most devices you can adjust the brightness of your screen to dim your screen through the day. You can also adjust text size, use night mode and modify the colour intensity. iPhones even allow you to adjust the motions on your screen.

Setting up your workstation

Beyond changing your screen settings, there are some physical changes you can make to your workstation.  If you often look back and forth between your monitor and desktop you might try positioning your screen at arm’s length away from you and 15 to 20 degrees below eye level.

You can also try to minimize glare on your screen by dimming the lights in your office, moving your computer away from a window or using a protective anti-glare screen cover. Keeping your screen clean of fingerprints and dust will also help prevent eye strain.


If symptoms of eye strain continue, it’s best to make an appointment with your optometrist. Mayfair Optometric Clinic is proud to be serving the community for over 30 years. Many families have trusted us with their eye care for generations.

Book your visit today at Mayfair Optometric Clinic. Live your life with Happy Eyes

choosing eyecare team

Choosing the Right Eyecare Professionals

Did you know half of your brain power is devoted to processing visual information? Taking care of your eyes is part of your overall health and choosing the proper eyecare team is essential to leading a healthy life. Undiagnosed eye diseases can lead to complications with sight and other irreversible conditions. It is important to find the right doctor to suit your needs so you can see clearly into the future. We have broken down a few areas to consider when choosing an optometrist.

What is an Optometrist?

First of all, what is an optometrist? There are two kinds of doctors who can help you with your eyecare in Canada.  They are optometrists and ophthalmologists. An optometrist has a Doctor of Optometry degree.  That degree typically involves eight or more years of post secondary education. They are the ones that will conduct your eye exams, detect early signs of eye diseases, and other health conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Optometrists will also be the ones you see for regular check-ups and write prescriptions for glasses or contacts.

In Canada ophthalmologists are medical doctors who limit their practice to complex eye diseases and eye surgery.  You may be referred to an ophthalmologist by your primary care physician or your optometrist if the need arises.

Services and specialties 

An important aspect to consider when selecting an optometrist are the services your doctor offers. If you already have a medical eye problem such as age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, or glaucoma it's important that you consider an optometrist who has experience in treating and monitoring your condition.  A comprehensive eye exam should be part of your overall health plan.  This exam should include a thorough assessment of your visual health, screening for eye disease and/or updating your eyeglass or contact lens prescriptions. You can access more information about routine eye exams here:

You should also consider your mobility and that you might need a family member or friend to help you get to and from your appointment. You are more likely to keep your appointment if you have easy access to the doctor’s location.

Your eyeglass prescription is only one piece of information to get your vision on track. Choosing new frames for glasses and the proper lenses is an important task and shouldn’t be taken lightly. After all, you will likely be wearing them for years to come and you want them to look good and be comfortable.

Staff members should be able to guide you through choosing your new frames taking into consideration your lifestyle, occupation, face shape and personal style. In addition, they can help you choose prescription and non-prescription sunglasses that are right for you.

Business Update from Dr. Taylor

Business Update from Dr. Taylor

Dr. Stephen Taylor of Mayfair Optometric explains the safeguards and procedures put in place to safely continue serving the community during phase 2 of Covid 19 reopening in Victoria, BC.

#inittogetheryyj #happyeyes

Mary Lou Newbold, Mayfair Optometric Clinic in Douglas Magazine

Mary Lou Newbold owns Mayfair Optometric Clinic, one of Victoria’s the leading eye care specialists, alongside her partner Dr. Stephen Taylor. As an alumna of Royal Roads University, she makes continued learning a high priority, and has mentored many optometry and optical students as well as learners interested in other areas of business. Mayfair Optometric has been named Business of the Year by the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce as well as being featured in the Best of the City Awards.

How is Mayfair Optometric coping during the pandemic...

Read the rest of the article on website.

Thank you from Our Place Society

Hello Dr. Taylor & Ms. Newbold,

On behalf of Steven Seltzer, Manager of Special Events & Corporate Philanthropy & Our Place Fund Development Team, thank you so much for your contribution to Cathy Scott’s special meal initiative to support the people we serve at Our Place Society and the local Chinese business community.

It was perfect timing and much needed comfort for those struggling to get by.

We extend our best wishes to you and the Mayfair Optometric Team during this difficult time.

Thank you.
Our Place Society

Curious about Blue Light Filter Lenses?

We take your Eye Health Seriously - Please speak to your doctor if you have questions and to see if Blue Light Filter Lenses make sense for you.

Blue light has been in the news recently, we welcome you to visit our website here to read our Open Letter Regarding Blue Light Research and Blue Light Filtering Lenses.

Back To School Eye Exams

Give your kids the tools they need to succeed with back to school eye exams. Covered by MSP!