Computers have become an essential part of our daily routine. From elderly to teenagers everyone uses one other computing device like laptop, PC or mobile phone. With so many of us using computer at work or home for long hours, computer eye strain has become major complaint. But we often overlook the effect it can have on our eye health. Ignoring eye strain for a longer period can lead to headache, blurred vision and other bothersome visual symptoms like itchy and red eyes.
Here Are Few Simple Tips And Tricks That Can Reduce The Strain From Your Eyes
When you concentrate in some spread sheet or any other work or play game on your computer, you stare at the screen continuously and blink your eyes less frequently than you usually do. But blinking your eyes is necessary while working at computer. Blinking provides moisture to the eyes. During non-blinking phase moisture quickly evaporates from the eyes and causes dry eyes. To reduce dryness you can use lubricating eye drop. Also try this simple remedy. Every 20 minutes, blink your eyes 10 to 15 times like you are feeling sleepy.
Use Proper Lighting
Improper lighting is often responsible for eye strain. Many computer users think that bright light is necessary in the room, while you are using computer. Contrary to this belief excessive bright lighting or harsh interior lighting and even outdoor sunlight coming through the window can cause eye strain. Use soft light or low intensity tube or bulb instead and also reduce exterior lighting using blinds etc. during day time. Place your computer monitor or laptop to the side of the window, not in front of or behind a window. Sitting at proper distant from computer screen and use of proper lighting will ease eye strain.
Take Frequent Breaks
Just adjusting lighting and display setting of your monitor will not help to get rid of eye strain. Staring incessantly at the screen will still make your eyes tired. Take breaks when possible to reduce not only eye strain but also leg, neck and shoulder pain associated with computer related health problem. Take small breaks, stretch your arms, legs, back and neck to avoid staring at a stretch and reduce muscle fatigue.
Adjust Display Setting
Adjustments in display settings of your computer may also help in reduce eye strain. If brightness of your screen appears like a light source, it could be too bright. For adjusting display setting open a white web page. If it throws bright light or dull and gray, adjust display setting. The brightness should be same as the brightness of the surrounding, neither dull or dark nor too bright. Text size should be readable comfortably.
Upgrade Your Display
If you are still using old tube-style monitor replace it. LCD and LED screen are available with various settings that helps in getting right setting in a better way like brightness , contrast etc.
To reduce eye fatigue and strain that occurs due to constant focusing your eyes on the screen, lift your eyes from the screen and look at a distant object for at least every 30 minutes to for 15-20 seconds. Looking at a distant object will relax the eye muscles and reduce strain.
Keep The Screen Clean
Your laptop or desktop screen should be clean and clear. Dust and dirt that often accumulates the screen makes reading harder and puts strain on your eyes.
Reflection of the bright objects or surfaces like glare on the walls or finished surfaces can possibly be the cause of headache and eye strain you experience while working on the computer. Install anti-glare screen on your monitor if possible. If you wear glasses, replaces the lenses with anti-reflective (AR) coating. This type of lenses helps in reducing glare by minimizing the reflection of light.