Do you spend more than an hour a day on the computer? Gazing at a computer screen for extended periods of time can cause eye problems if you aren’t careful.
Many people work on computers these days, which makes it very difficult to avoid prolonged screen time. However, you can reduce or even prevent eyestrain with certain measures.
Signs of Eyestrain
According to American Optometric Association, people who spend a lot of time on the computer can suffer from Computer Vision Syndrome. Symptoms include blurred vision, pain in the neck and shoulders, dry eyes, headaches and eyestrain.
Preventing Eye Problems
You don’t have to suffer from CVS just because you work on the computer. There are some very good methods for preventing issues.
Use Pinhole Glasses.
You can find these at http://www.pinhole-glasses.com/. Pinhole glasses are unique because they use minute pinholes, created by lasers, to prevent anything but direct and coherent light rays from reaching the eyes. Glasses can help improve vision in many cases, but they are particularly useful in preventing eyestrain from computer screens.
Pinhole glasses are a very affordable way to reduce the headaches caused by harsh light of the computer screen.
Poor or dim lighting can exacerbate eye problems. If you are currently working or playing on the computer with the main room lights off, you are probably straining your eyes. Try this simple test to see if light is adequate in room. Form a frame around your eyes with your cupped hands so you can only see the screen. If your eyes feel better, room needs better light.
You can increase light by turning on the overhead light or you can add a lamp for extra brightness near the computer screen. A lamp is also a good option for an office environment, where fluorescent lights are used. Since fluorescents can be irritating to eyes, try an incandescent bulb in a lamp to counteract effect.
Move the Monitor.
You may be too close to the screen. Monitor should be at least an arm’s length from your face. It should also be lower than your head so that you are looking slightly down at screen. When the center of the monitor is directly in front of your face, it can cause problems with your neck and shoulders and ruin your posture.
You should be able to sit up straight and look directly ahead and slightly down to see your computer screen. Adjust your desk height if necessary or invest in a new one. It could make all the difference in how you work.
Computers aren’t the best thing to rest your eyes on all day. Studies have shown that people tend not to blink as often when looking at a screen, which contributes to dry eyes. Simply adjusting your monitor position and blinking more often can help reduce the effects of eyestrain. Add pinhole glasses and better lighting to mix and you will find that your eyes are much more relaxed.
Frank Foley is an ergonomist. He frequently writes about how to work better on small business blogs.