Tips to Reduce Computer Eye Strain
Tips to Reduce Computer Eye Strain :
Computers can make us more productive, but the bad news is that too much screen time can also lead to something called computer vision syndrome (CVS). Recognizable as that tired, strained feeling your eyes get after a day in front of a computer screen.
Eyestrain is a symptom that manifests when you over-exert your eyes over an extended period of time, through activities such as reading or viewing an electronically-lit screen. Eyestrain isn’t known to lead to permanent damage of the visual system, but it can keep you from doing your work. The causes of eyestrain vary for each individual, and may change for an individual over time. The following are the tips which help to reduce eye strain while working:
Read offline: Intense reading on a computer monitor isn’t ideal for productivity because eventually your eyes will tire out.
Enlarge computer text:
Your eyes have to strain to read small text, so keep text large to give your eyes a break. When working in text editors or viewing online materials, use the keyboard shortcut to magnify text (ctrl + “+”) as needed.
Take frequent short breaks during the day, and longer breaks one to two times a day so that you can get your mind off work.Give your eyes periods of darkness for rest, by closing your eyes or cupping your palms over your eyes.
Make sure that your desktop and color scheme aren’t agitating your eyes either. Opt for neutral and darker-colored tones with minimal contrast until you find the right color balance. Additionally, pay attention to the brightness and contrast levels of different web pages and documents. Even if your monitor and desktop settings are set for optimal use, light from your surroundings can irritate your eyes. If the room is too dark, that can affect the overall brightness of the monitor. If the room is too bright, it can create a glare on your monitor
Re-position your monitor:
When you stare at your computer monitor, you naturally blink less often. So your eyes don’t get naturally lubricated as often. This leads to eye dryness and redness. The screen should be about an arm’s length away and positioned directly in front of your face, not off to the side. Position the monitor so its center is 4 to 8 in. below your eyes, which allows the neck to relax while you read and type.
Opt for Computer glasses :
Computer glasses are sometimes called multi-focals for their ability to split the field of vision. Designed much like a bi-focal, you look through the upper part of the lens at the monitor screen and through the bottom half of the lens for keyboard and desktop work. These products provide better resolution and optics, advantageous for long-term computer work, but are not to be confused with prescription eyeglasses.
Strengthen Your Eyes :
Eye strain is actually the strain of the muscles controlling the eyes. Strengthening these muscles with a series of eye exercises will go a long way to preventing eye strain.