Some Effective Tips for Computer Eye Strain Relief
Today, in the 21st century, we use screens for just about everything- be it for working, relaxing, or merely keeping up with our daily lives. All of us spend long hours of the day staring at the digital screen and, as such, for most people, computer eye strain has almost become a fact of life. However, it needs not to be! All you need to do is make some small changes in your daily habits and environment. Voila! No more eye strain. So, let’s not waste any more time and dive right into some easy tips to relieve computer eye strains.
A comprehensive eye exam
If you are experiencing eye strain, get your eyes checked immediately. This is the first and most important step for treating eye strain. People who work on computers all day should get their eyes checked at least once a year. Moreover, during the test, be sure to tell your doctor about your workstation setup and how long you use electronic devices every day. Also, before calling upon your doctor, check how far your eyes are from your computer screen whenever you struggle. Inform the doctor about the measurement to see if it’s appropriate or not.
To live, you must eat. To live healthily, you must eat right. A healthy and balanced diet is essential for maintaining a healthy pair of eyes. If you slave on computers for most of the day, be sure to eat food infused in vitamins and minerals. Go for antioxidant-rich vitamins like vitamins A, C, and E with a B complex and Zinc to improve your overall eye health and help with the risks of eye strain. Moreover, food rich in vitamin A reinforces the macular tissues in your eyes and helps to maintain healthy vision.
Blink, blink, blink
Everyone knows that we must frequently blink while working on digital screens. But nobody ever does. We merely close our eyes, that too partially or blink very rarely. Instead, we should be fully blinking and that too routinely. Blinking re-moistens our eye surfaces and helps us to avoid eye strain, dry eyes, fluctuating vision, and eye discomfort. So many benefits and, all you need to do is BLINK.
Eye exercises. Yes, you read it right. We know that one of the main causes of computer eye strain is eye fatigue. The focusing muscles work hard round the clock to ensure you have clear and sharp vision. And when these muscles are overworked, it leads to eye fatigue. To help reduce eye fatigue, you can follow the 20-20-20 rule to exercise your eyes. After every 20 minutes, look away from your screen and fix your eyes on something minimum 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. This simple exercise will relax the focusing muscles inside your eyes and alleviate eye fatigue. Additionally, you could also gently massage the area around the eyes to relax the muscles.
Adjust air quality
You must be thinking, ” What does air quality have to do with my eye strain ?”. Be with me for a second and, I will tell you one of the least known causes of computer eye strain.
The air-conditioners in your office make the air very dry. And did you know that dry air can lead to eye strain? To avoid this, you can use a humidifier to increase humidity. If that is not possible, at least stay away from fans and vents that blow air directly toward your eyes. You could also artificial tears if your eyes feel too dry, but only after consulting an opthalmologist.
Get proper lighting
While working on digital devices, always, and I cannot stress this enough, use incandescent lighting to reduce eye strain. Opt for floor or table lamps, and LED light bulbs. If possible, try to avoid bright fluorescent lights. Moreover, arrange your workstation so that windows or light sources are on either side of your computer, instead of being in front of or behind your screen. Incorporate these simple practices, and you will see the results yourself.
Re-arrange your workstation
You might not have given a second thought while arranging your workstation. But, the position of your computer monitor can greatly influence your eyestrain. Optimally, it should be placed approximately 20-28 inches from your eyes and, 15 to 20 degrees below your eye level. You could try adjusting your chain to rest your feet on the floor. Moreover, if you often refer to printed pages while working on a computer, place the pages on a document holder adjacent to the monitor to reduce how often you turn your neck and head, and how much your eyes need to readjust.
Adjust monitor settings
A few tweaks in your computer monitor settings and bingo, your eye strain is almost gone. First things first- enlarge your font and switch to a larger monitor to easily view the images and text. At all times, ensure that the screen brightness is the same as the brightness of your surroundings. You could also raise the contrast on your computer screen and lower its color temperature to reduce eye strain. Further, make sure that your monitor has a high-resolution display and increase the gadget’s refresh rate to reduce flickering and, consequently, eye strain.
Take frequent breaks
One of the best ways to combat eye strain is to take frequent breaks while working. During breaks, go for short walks around the office, and stretch your arms and legs. Additionally, taking breaks will reduce headaches, and any neck or back pain- all symptoms of computer vision syndrome. Taking frequent breaks will revitalize your body, reduce muscle fatigue and tension, and help you to focus more on your work.
Consider computer glasses.
Computer glasses are prescription eyewear that is specially designed for computer work. These glasses work wonders in reducing glare and eye strain. If you wear regular glasses, you can consult with your opthalmologist to get customized eyewear. And if you use contact lenses, consider using these glasses during screen time and the lenses for the rest of the day. Trust me, get one pair yourself and, you can see the difference yourself.
Here, we discussed some effective ways to reduce computer eye strain. But, whatever you do, make sure you run it by your doctor first.