Does your job require hours of work at a computer? Do you spend alot of time surfing the net? Your eyes may be trying to tell you something! Spending too much time on a computer will lead to dry, tired eyes with possible headaches, neck or back pain and blurry vision. Don’t fret! Here are some simple suggestions that can help bring your eyes the relief they deserve from Computer Vision Syndrome!

Blinking Regularly

Blinking washes your eyes with natural therapeutic tears. This will help to relive your eyes from the constant strain or sitting and staring at a computer screen.

The 20-20-20 Rule

Be sure to take a 20 second break from your computer screen every 20 minutes, focusing on something 20 feet away.

Proper Lighting

The right lighting is good for your eyes. Steer clear of bright overhead lighting or keep it to a minimum. Make sure your desk lamp is shining on your desk, not on you. Make sure you keep window lighting next to you, not behind or in front of you. Purchase a glare screen or blinds to diffuse the light. And most importantly, position your computer screen to reduce reflections from overhead lighting or from window glare.

Computer Monitors

Position your monitor so it sits at least 24 to 28 inches away from your eyes. It should be centered about 4 to 6 inches below your eyes. Adjust your screen so it you can look slightly down at it.  Be sure to set the screen settings to what feels most comfortable – brightness,  contrast, contract polarity, resolution, flicker, etc..

Computer Glasses

Your doctor can prescribe the right lenses for viewing computer screens. If necessary be sure to wear them while on the computer.

See Your Vision Specialist

Be sure to have a comprehensive eye exam and tell your doctor how much you are on the computer. They will look for other problems that be creating computer vision problems such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. Remember regular eye exams should be part of your regular health care routine.

Reference: www.vsp.com

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