Ways to Relieve Computer Eyestrain

1. Research shows that somewhere between 50 – 90% of people who work at a computer screen have at least some symptoms of eye trouble.
2. Computer eye problems are more likely to occur if you already have an eye problem – such as nearsightedness or astigmatism.
3. Simple tricks to rest the eyes such as the 20-20-20 Rule are very helpful to relax the eyes.
4. Optimizing your workstations and using glare-reducing screens and glasses help reduce the impact of Computer Eye Strain.
5. It is vital to consult a qualified ophthalmologist for regular eye check-ups and to detect visual problems.

With the advancement in technology, our dependence on gadgets has increased. Right from the morning news till we sleep at night, we rely on technology. Moreover, smart phones and social media has become an inseparable part of our lives. Thus, many people are complaining about eyestrain. Looking at a computer monitor for a long time can make you realize other eye problems that went unnoticed.

The symptoms of computer eyestrain are:
• Eye discomfort
• Headaches
• Burning and itchy eyes
• Watery eyes
• Difficulty focusing
• Blurred or double vision
• Increased sensitivity to light
• Feeling of dryness in the eyes

Though eyestrains can cause discomfort, most of the time it goes away when you rest your eyes. Due to your work, you may not be able to avoid the computer or other screens completely. But you can use the following steps to reduce the problems associated with it:

• Get regular eye exams – Regular eye checkups help you detect eye problem and effective management help prevent complications. Especially if you are above 40, you should have yearly eye exams to detect eye problems along with eye strain
• Rest your eyes – If you have to work in front of your laptop or computer, use the 20-20-20 rules – every 20 minutes look 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. This break will help your eyes to rest from constant strain
• Use adequate lighting – Eyestrains can also be the result of excessive light in the room. Therefore, while using computer use curtains to avoid sunlight and avoid big bright overhead fluorescent lights
• Adjust your monitor’s setting – You can reduce eyestrain and fatigue by adjusting your display setting of your computer. You have to ensure the brightness of the computer is the same as the surroundings and adjust comfortable text size. Also, it is beneficial to reduce blue colour from the screen by adjusting the colour temperature of the monitor
• Upgrade your computer – If you are using an old style cathode ray tube (CRT) monitor, it is better to change to a modern LCD screen as they are more eye friendly
• Wear glasses specifically for computers – Wearing glasses, with or without power based on your eyesight, gives comfort while using the computer
• Rearrange your desk – You are highly recommended to position your computer below eye level, about 20-28 inches away from your face. This will help you to prevent eyestrain and maintain a good posture

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