Additional Tips From An Optometrist: Protecting Your Eyes From Computer Strain At Work

In modern times, computers and work done on computers is a regular way of life for most individuals. But with work completed on a computer comes potential eye strain that can be a literal and figurative headache. In this article, we will discuss how one can protect their eyes from this strain while using a computer.

1. See the Light

When using a computer, it is of the utmost importance that you have sufficient lighting within the room you are in. If the room is not lit well while you are on the computer your eyes will need to work harder, causing the eye strain that you are trying to avoid.

2. Take Breaks

The longer you gaze at a computer screen, the higher the chance that you will have strained eyes. Therefore, it is a good idea to take breaks from the computer regularly. A good rule of thumb is to step away from the screen for at least 15 minutes for every two hours that you use the computer.

3. Minimize Glare

Another way to protect your eyes from strain when using a computer is by reducing the glare. Reflections from the screen can hurt your eyes quite a bit, so if you can, install an anti-glare screen on your monitor. You can also minimize the glare coming from your screen by using the computer using it in a room that is not painting in a bright color. Darker paint that has a matte finish is ideal for a room that you will be regularly surfing the internet.

If you do not have the ability to repaint your walls, or you would like extra protection against glare from the computer screen, make sure any windows that are in the room are sufficiently covered. Blinds and curtains are excellent for this.

4. Use an LCD Screen

LCD screens are easier on the eyes than the old tube-style monitors. So if you have not already, you can upgrade to protect your eyes from strain. Select a screen with the highest resolution that you can afford, and the larger the size of the screen, the better.

5. Adjust Brightness

Help your eyes when using the computer by changing the brightness setting of your display. You don’t want it to be too bright, nor too dark. A good rule is to keep it the same brightness as your surrounding workstation.

6. Blink Often

Blinking your eyes keeps them moist while protecting them from irritation and dryness. It has been shown that those using a computer blink less frequently than those who don’t. If you feel your eyes are dry, speak with a doctor or get with optometric and vision services near you and ask about artificial tears. Otherwise, try to be mindful about blinking and how much you are doing it.

In conclusion, working on a computer or gazing at a computer screen, in general, does not have to hurt your eyes. Use these tips to reduce eye strain so that you can keep your eyes in tip-top shape while using the computer.