Eye Strain Prevention When Using a Computer

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Ever spent hours looking at a computer screen?

Computers are so essential in our day to day activities that more people spend their work and leisure life looking into this device screen for hours which leads to eye strain also known as Computer vision syndrome (CVS) in medical terms.

The computer vision syndrome (CVS) is the combination of the eye and vision problems associated with the use of computers for a long period of time.

Symptoms of Digital Eye Strain or Computer vision syndrome (CVS).

  • Tired eyes
  • Strained eyes
  • Shoulder and neck pains
  • Dry eyes
  • Blurry vision.

These symptoms may be caused by:

  • Poor lighting
  • Glare from computer screens
  • Uncorrected vision problems
  • Poor seating posture etc.

Many of the visual symptoms experienced by users are usually temporary and will stop after working with computers. If after working with computers and the symptoms still occur, do see a doctor for treatment.

Tips to Reduce Eye strain when working with computers.

Improve your posture: Your posture matters a lot while operating on your computer. The way you are sitting could be a reason behind your tired eyes. If you are stretching your neck to look at the screen, you are straining your eyes.

Always try using a laptop stand or stack of books to raise your monitor to eye level because you should be looking down at your work, not up.

correct sitting position
correct sitting position while working with a computer.

Use the 20-20-20 rule: This method is intended to exercise your eyes and give them a break from your monitors bright light.

It simply means, for every 20 minutes of looking at the screen, look at an object that is at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This is simply the 20-20-20 rule.

You should not only look away every 20 minutes, but also make sure to turn away from an intense activity for several hours during the day. If you have to work at a screen for multiple hours, make sure to balance that activity with others that demand different uses of your eyes.

Find the right light: Lightning can cause eye strain. It can either be too dim or too bright depending on the activity on the computer screen.

To make your monitor eye friendly, you can go into the settings of your device and tweak the various options to reduce eye strain by setting the brightness and contrast to a comfortable level.

Always note that blue light causes premature eye aging.

Consider computer glasses or reflexive lenses: Specialized computer glasses reduce glare and symptoms. These glasses filter blue light to protect the eyes.

Hardware: While the solutions mentioned above should be good enough for most situations, you might want to consider buying gadgets with anti-glare screens to reduce the strain on your eyes.

Maintaining your eye health is key to reducing more serious vision problems in the future. You should see your doctor annually to have your eyes checked, especially if you experience frequent or long-lasting eyestrain. If you find you have symptoms of eyestrain, implement some methods to reduce eyestrain or prevent it altogether. If you find that these approaches don’t help your eyestrain, consult your doctor.


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