Computer Eye Strain: 10 Steps for Relief

If you work at a computer, there’s a good chance you experience computer eye strain. Eye strain and associated symptoms from prolonged computer work such as blurred vision, headaches and muscle strain are called computer vision syndrome, or CVS.

According to AllAboutVision.com, these 10 easy steps can reduce your risk of computer eye strain and CVS:

1. Get an eye exam. Report any computer vision symptoms to your eye doctor. Correcting even minor vision problems can make computer use more comfortable.

2. Use proper lighting. Reduce ambient lighting to a more comfortable level, use blinds on windows and avoid harsh fluorescent lighting if possible.

3. Minimize glare. Consider installing an anti-glare screen on your monitor. If you wear glasses, purchase lenses with anti-reflective (AR) coating.

4. Upgrade your display. Flat-panel LCD screens are much easier on your eyes than old-fashioned CRT monitors. Purchase a display with a large screen size and an anti-reflective surface.

5. Adjust the brightness of your screen so it’s roughly the same as your surrounding work station. Also, adjust the contrast setting to a comfortable level.

6. Blink often to reduce your risk of dry eye discomfort. Also, use artificial tears if your eyes feel dry. 7. Relax your focus. Every few minutes, look away from your computer screen and at something at least 20 feet away for a few seconds. This

relaxes your eye’s focusing muscle, reducing eye fatigue. 8. Take frequent breaks. Stand and stretch frequently to help relieve back, shoulder and neck strain.

9. Optimize your workstation so you are sitting comfortably upright with good posture on a supportive, adjustable chair. Check your posture frequently.

10. Consider computer eyewear. Schedule an appointment to see if specialized prescription computer glasses will increase your comfort during computer use.

To protect your eyes for computer use, schedule an appointment today!

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