Computer Eye Strain
Computers, smart phones, and IPads are being used constantly today. With the long periods of use, people have started to complain of eye strain while using them.
There are things that people can do help prevent computer eye strain.
A Thorough Complete Eye Exam
You need to make sure that if you need glasses that you have the proper corrective lenses. If you are over that age of forty, you may need help seeing the computer caused by presbyopia. Presbyopia is the condition where the eye loses its ability to focus from distance to near. This starts to begin after age forty. There are lenses designed for the computer which can help reduce computer eye strain.
Air Conditioning or Ceiling Fans Can Dry Out Eyes
If there are air conditioning ducts or ceiling fans that are blowing on you, this can lead to the eye drying out and causing problems with seeing the computer. This is especially true if you already have a dry eye problem. You need to try and change the direction of the air flow. Use artificial tears as needed while using the computer.
Glare from lights or windows can make it difficult to look at the computer for extended periods of time. There are anti-glare screens that you can put on the computer. If you wear glasses, have anti-glare coating put on your glasses to reduce the glare.
Good Proper Lighting
Too much light can contribute to glare. Make sure that you have the proper amount of light in the room. This is usually less than the usual bright lights found in many work places. Many people complain of problems with fluorescent lights. Turn them off and use other lighting or try the newer less harsh fluorescent bulbs.
There many things that you can do with the computer monitor to help.
Adjust the display setting to a level of brightness that is comfortable for you. The size of the text can be changed as well as the resolution of the screen.
The new monitors are better designed with LCD displays and flat screens. A new monitor can help reduce computer eye strain. Larger monitors are now available and affordable. This will help reduce eye strain.
The height of the computer is very important. The center of the computer needs to be below the level of the eyes. This is especially important for people who wear bifocal lenses.
Take Breaks from Looking at the Computer
On often as can be done take a break from the computer. If possible get up and move around, bleak your eyes, and if needed put in an artificial tear drop to soothe your eyes.