Eyestrain is a primary problem associated with long-term computer use. As we become a more Internet-based work world, many of us spend up to eight hours a day looking at a computer screen. There are ways to prevent the eyestrain that accompanies such work.
More than half of America uses a computer for at least 4 hours a day. Almost all computer users have complained of eye strain and dry eyes from staring at the computer screen for such a long time. The problem is - there is not a magical eye drop to help the problem. You must take action to solve this problem. You can take easy and simple steps to avoid eye strain while using a computer.
How to Prevent Computer Eye Strain: -
• Practice good ergonomics by placing your monitor at eye-level, or a little below eye-level. Position your monitor at an 18"-24" distance from your eyes to prevent computer eye strain. • Take frequent breaks from the computer by interspersing computer related tasks with non-computer ones. Blink frequently, and look away from the screen for a minute when staring at your monitor for extended amounts of time. Practicing simple eye exercise will help keep them in good shape, and prevent computer eye strain. • Prevent computer eye strain by regulating lighting. Address glare from west and south facing windows by using blinds, or other window coverings. Position indoor lights optimally to prevent glare on the monitor. Avoid sitting directly under an overhead light to avoid glare. • Increase the font size to 150% from the standard 100% to prevent computer eye strain. Also look into the brightness, and contrast feature of your monitor (just like you do for your TV ), and set it display text and visuals crystal clear.
Eye Exercises for Computer Users: -
• Palming: - Not only is this exercise great for the eyes, but it is a great stress reliever that provides a sense of calm at the end of a long work day. Sit or lie down in a comfortable position. Rub your palms together to generate some heat through friction. Place your cupped hands over your closed eyes, right hand over right eye, left hand over left eye, fingers of the right hand slightly overlapping the fingers of the left. • Visual Scan: - This exercise will help the eye continually adjust between far and near objects. For this exercise, sit back in your chair in your office or any room in your house. Starting at one point, use your eyes to trace the outline of every object in the room, moving along one wall to the other. • Eye Aerobics: - Sit in your chair, eyes closed. With your eyelids closed, look upward as far as you can without straining the eye. Pause, and then look downward. This exercise is performed slowly and should be repeated three times. Open your eyes and relax for a moment.
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