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14 Quick Tips To Minimize Eye Strain

If you are reading this article, odds are that you are reading it on a computer screen. And if you spend an extensive amount of time interacting with a computer screen, odds are that you are at an increased risk of developing eye strain.

The Mayo Clinic health organization defines eye strain is this manner:

“Eye strain occurs when your eyes get tired from intense use, such as driving a car for extended periods of time, reading or working at a computer. Although you may not be able to change the nature of your job, or all the factors that can cause eye strain, you can take steps to reduce eye strain.”

The following tips outline some of the steps you can take to reduce the eye strain you might experience when sitting at a computer in your home or workspace.

Tips to reduce eye strain sitting at computer

  1. Position screen so light doesn’t bounce off and create a glare. You can also put an antiglare shield on the screen.
  2. Turn up your computer monitor’s contrast to minimize strain on your eyes.
  3. Light your work area well. Use full spectrum bulbs. They duplicate natural sunlight and are easier on the eyes.
  4. Practice “Task Lighting.” This entails using lighting appropriate to the task you are completing. The following strategies can be adopted for different tasks: Keep brightest lights over to the side if possible. Turn off overhead lighting. Close blinds so that sunlight doesn’t glare on your screen.
  5. Don’t forget to blink. Blinking keeps eyes moistened. Work to develop the good habit of blinking often.
  6. Position your monitor 18 to 30 inches from your eyes.
  7. Keep screen clean and properly focused.
  8. Take frequent “eye breaks”. Eye breaks are an important part of the restorative component of the Ergonomics Equation. Every 15 minutes look away from your computer screen and focus your eyes on something more distant for a minute or two.
  9. Rest your eyes by covering them with your palms. Keep them in complete darkness for a minute.
  10. Keep frequently used paper documents in a holder that attaches to the monitor. This keeps your eyes from having to move up and down.
  11. Determine if your workflow might benefit from multiple monitor use.
  12. Adjust your glasses or contacts for the computer. Sometimes your prescription may not be suitable for computer work.
  13. Keep your keyboard positioned directly in front of monitor.
  14. Get up and move around at least every two hours. It gives your eyes a break, as well as the rest of your body. You can incorporate simple stretch programs into your movements.
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