Month: October 2020

Computer Eye Strain

3 Ways To Reduce Computer Eye Strain

Do you work on the computer for more than 6 hours a day? These days, many of us, including myself have jobs that require us to stare at computer screens for hours and hours. Here are 3 simple tips to reduce eye strain when working on the computer.

Computer Eye Strain
Melissa working in front of a computer.

Tip #1. Adjust Your Computer Screen Position
The closer the object to your eye, the harder your eye muscles have to work to keep focused. Adjust your computer screen about 20-28 inches away or about an arms length distance. This is easy to keep track, just raise your arm and your fingers should be right on or a little bit away from the screen. Position your computer screen slightly below eye level and never position your screen above eye level. Human eyes tire the fastest when looking up.

Tip #2: Be Mindful of Lighting and Glare
Eye strain is often caused by excessively bright light either from outdoor sunlight coming in through a window or from harsh interior lighting. When you use a computer, your ambient lighting should be about half as bright as that typically found in most offices. So If you have an overhead fluorescent light source, consider turning it off to reduce eye strain.

Tip #3: Wear Prescription Computer Glasses
It’s a fact, our human eyes are not made for 8 hours of computer work a day. For us to keep up with these rapidly increasing and new visual demands, our eyes need help. And help comes in the form of prescription computer glasses. When I say prescription computer glasses, I don’t mean your distance prescription or reading prescription. I am talking about a specifically measured prescription just for your computer distance and workspace use. Over the last 2 year, I have found myself prescribing a lot more computer glasses. And you know what? My patients love it.

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