Computer eye strain is a broad term used to describe a myriad of eye problems associated with staring at a computer monitor over a long period of time without rest.
Common Computer Eye Strain symptoms or problems include;
- itchy eyes
- blurred or double vision
- dry eyes
- increased sensitivity to light among others.
Computer eye strain is not usually serious and can go away once you implement some behavioral changes (in regards to how and the amount of time you spend on a computer). Here are some effective strategies:
Cure for Computer Vision Syndrome
- The 20-20-20 Rule
This rule is all about resting your eyes and helping to exercise your eye muscles. Look away from your computer monitor after every 20 minutes, focusing on an object at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This strategy is effective in relaxing the focusing muscle, hence reducing eye strain.
- Taking Breaks
Take regular short breaks from your computer. You can walk around the office, make a cup of coffee or something. You can also walk outside and get fresh air. Health experts note that short, frequent breaks are more beneficial than occasional long breaks.
- Reduce Glare
Glare is reflected light from shiny surfaces that bounces off on your computer screen. Glare strains your eye as it struggles to focus on objects in your screen while being distracted by the reflected light. Use heavy curtains to filter light coming through windows and/or doors.
You can also arrange your workstation so the computer monitor is parallel to the source of distracting light. Absorbent painting, anti-glare screens for you monitor and wearing glasses with anti-reflective coating are other strategies you can employ to manage glare.
- Control Lighting
Eye strain can result from your eye muscles struggling to focus on the computer screen while filtering out ambient lighting. Use heavy curtains or blinds to reduce the amount of sunlight flooding your room. Avoid bright fluorescent lights placed proximally over the computer. It is also not advisable to work in pitch darkness. Instead, use lamps with soft glowing light.
- Adjust Monitor Settings
Your computer monitor has its own settings menu by default. use these settings to adjust brightness, contrast, and colour scheme to match your ambient light. The right combination will ensure your eyes are less fatigued.
- Medical Examination
Seek medical attention if your eye problems have advanced to an extent the above simple hacks bring no change. An optometrist will carry out a broader assessment of your eye health and recommend the most appropriate medical intervention to ensure clear, comfortable vision.
You can also use computer eye strain glasses.
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