158- How to Protect Your Eyes From Screens with Dhruvin Patel

By Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

September 30, 2021

With all the increased screen time we've been experiencing the last few years, you may have noticed more and more fatigue with your eyes. If you are like me, you've probably reached a point where you just want a break from a screen.

The question now is what type of harm are screens causing our eyes. I notice that it takes my eyes longer to adjust from looking at a screen, to looking out the window at things outside. Is this a consequence of screen time, or just a common issue as we age?

In this episode with Dhruvin Patel, we'll be covering what we can do to support our eyes when we are stuck staring at screens for long durations of time.

What To Expect From This Episode

  • The actual definition of blue light and what type of light it is
  • How blue light from screens and lights impact the eyes
  • Practical steps to take to reduce eye fatigue during the day
  • Ways to screen and test your eyes to make sure screens aren't having major impact on them


  • [0:00] Welcome to the Summit For Wellness Podcast
  • [3:15] Who is Dhruvin Patel and what got him interested in Optometry
  • [6:00] When we hear blue light is bad for the eyes, is this actually the shade of blue, or is it a term used for a spectrum of light
  • [7:00] Why is blue light an issue for our eyes
  • [10:00] When we are on screens so much, what is the long term impact on our eyes
  • [14:00] Does staring at screens impact the color tones we can recognize in the real world
  • [15:45] We should be blinking more often and changing the distances we are staring at every 20 minutes
  • [17:00] Can eye drops help to increase lubrication in the eyes
  • [18:00] What are long term impacts of screen time on the eyes
  • [22:00] Are there screening processes you can do to see the impact screens are having directly on your eyes
  • [23:30] Do different types of light (LED, fluorescent, etc) have different impacts on our eyes
  • [25:00] Can redlight be used for eye rejuvination
  • [26:00] Ayurveda has a practice where you stare at a candlelight to improve eyesight, is there any validity in this practice
  • [26:30] As we continue to be exposed to blue light, how do we minimize its impact on our eyes
  • [28:45] Using Ocushield, how do you reduce your blue light exposure
  • [29:45] Does blue light impact sleep quality
  • [31:30] Does Ocushield reduce the reduction in melatonin that we experience from staring at screens
  • [32:15] Final thoughts on eye health from Dhruvin Patel

Resources From This Episode

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Transcript For Episode (Transcripts aren't even close to 100% Accurate)

Learn More About Dhruvin Patel

Website: Ocushield.com

Social Media: Instagram

Learn from Dhruvin Patel how to keep your eyes healthy after too much screentime.

Learn from Dhruvin Patel how to keep your eyes healthy after too much screentime.

About the author

Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

Bryan Carroll is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Movement Therapist who helps the outdoors community to reduce injuries and improve their health so they can get back to exploring nature. His big health crisis from mold exposure taught him the importance of finding the root causes to illnesses so you can take back control of your life. He is also the host of the Summit For Wellness Podcast.

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