With so many Americans working in front of a computer screen, computer eye strain has become increasingly common. In fact, studies have shown that 50 to 90% of computer workers experience bothersome visual symptoms including eye strain. Those problems include fatigue, an increase in errors, decreased productivity, red eyes, and more. Read on to learn how to reduce the amount of strain on your eyes.
- Eye Exam – The most important thing you can do is to have a routine comprehensive eye exam. It’s recommended that people who work on the computer should have an eye exam once a year. A change in your prescription could help relieve symptoms of eye strain.
- Take Breaks – Follow the 20-20-20 rule of taking a 20 second break every 20 minutes. Focus on something 20 feet away to give your eyes a break. Get up and take a walk for a few minutes every hour or two so your eyes and the rest of your body can take a break.
- Blink – Many people forget to blink when they use a computer. This can cause dry eye which can make your eyes red and irritated. Blink during those breaks and consider using eye drops.
- Proper Lighting – Sunlight is best, but if you don’t have windows use incandescent lighting. If you can’t control the lighting at work, you can place a dim light on one side of your workstation.
- Change Computer Settings – There are a few things you can tweak with your computer to make it easier on your eyes. Make sure your monitor is positioned correctly which should be 20 to 28 inches from your eyes and about four to five inches below eye level. You can also adjust the brightness level of your monitor and there are applications to reduce eyestrain.
If you are experiencing eye strain, schedule an eye exam with Spindel Eye Associates today by calling 603-421-6536.