Do your eyes often feel dry? Do you feel tired in the middle of the day? Do you get headaches? Are you in front of a computer screen most of the day? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you may have eye strain. Working on a computer all day will not cause permanent eye damage, but it can cause uncomfortable eyes.
How to Reduce Eye Strain?
- Here are a few tips you can use to reduce eye strain:
- Get an Eye Exam
- Use the Right Kind of Lighting
- Lessen Glare
- Check your Computer Settings
- Blink, and Blink again
- Exercise your Eyes
Get an Eye Exam
If you haven’t been to the eye doctor in a while, make an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam. Your eye doctor will give you a thorough examination to determine your current vision prescription and to make sure you do not have any diseases like glaucoma.
Use the Right Kind of Lighting
Very bright light affects your eyes, so if you are working indoors and the sun is shining, draw the blinds. Also, fluorescent lighting can wreak havoc on your eyes so make sure to turn off the lights if you can or see about spectrum lighting, which is less intense.
The reflections off certain objects, pictures and screens cause glare. You can put an anti-glare screen on your computer to reduce it. And if you wear prescription glasses, you can have the glasses coated with an anti-reflective coating to lessen glare.
Check your Computer Settings
Don’t forget to check your computer settings on your computer. You can adjust the brightness of your display. The best way to test the brightness is to go to a page with a white background – if it looks like a light it is too bright. If it is dull, it is not bright enough. You can also adjust the size of the text displayed to reduce eye strain.
Blink, and Blink Again
Blinking is good for your eye. It naturally removes the small particles that get in the eye and it is a natural moisturizer. You may want to consider using artificial tears or other moistening drops. Many eye care professionals tell their patients to blink 10 times every 20 minutes while you are on the computer.
Exercise your Eyes
You may have heard about the 20-20-20 rule now. It means to look away from the screen every 20 minutes, and look at something that is 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This will help rejuvenate your eyes and they will not feel as strained.
Veld Vision Center Can Help with Eye Strain
If you are experiencing eye strain, call our office at 708-672-3937 or visit our website to schedule an appointment. During your appointment, you can talk to the doctor about the symptoms you are experiencing and he can make recommendations on what may help reduce eye strains.