More and more frequently, people use electronic devices in their everyday lives. So many of us use computers at work and are attached to our smart phones. However, this leads to serious strain on the eyes. Computer-related physical ailments include fatigue, lower productivity, higher frequency in work errors, eye twitching, red eyes, and impaired eyesight. These are all common symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS).
Although for many people it is impossible to quit using their electronic devices due to work and lifestyle, there are easy steps to incorporate in your day to relieve computer eye strain.
Visit the Eye Doctor
Making regular appointments for a comprehensive eye exam is the most crucial step you can take to prevent or relieve your computer eye strain. When you are at your exam, make sure you inform your doctor the frequency you use your computer both at work and at home. Your doctor can give you treatment and a professional opinion on how to move forward.
Be Wary of Computer Brightness
Computer eye strain is often a result of excessively bright backlight from your screen. It is important to adjust the brightness of the computer display to be about the same as the brightness of your surrounding work area. Your screen should not appear as a light source or too dull.
Glares on the walls of your work station, as well as reflections on your computer screen can perpetuate computer eye strain. It is recommended to install anti-glare technology on your computer monitor. If you wear glasses, consider purchasing an anti-reflective coating for your lenses.
Warm Up Your Display
Color temperature is a technical term to describe the spectrum of visible light emitted by an electronic device’s color display. Blue light is short-wavelength visible light associated with more eye strain than longer wavelength hues, like orange and red. Lowering the color temperature of your computer display reduces the blue light emitted from a screen, which provides better viewing comfort over a long-term period.
Give Your Eyes a Break
An easy method is the 20-20-20 rule. For every 20 minutes you stare at a computer screen, spend 20-seconds looking at something 20 feet away. Also try to blink periodically. Staring at an electronic screen can cause dryness and irritation for your eyes.