How to protect your eyes from computer strain

Spending long hours in front of a computer can put a lot of strain on your eyes. This is known as computer vision syndrome (CVS) and can cause various symptoms such as dry eyes, eye fatigue, headaches, and blurred vision. In this blog post, we’ll explore tips and tricks you can use to protect your eyes from computer strain. 

  1. Take regular breaks: Taking frequent breaks every 20 minutes to look away from the computer screen can help reduce eye strain. Use the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away and take 20 blinks. This lets the focusing system of the eye relax, and the tear film on the eye to be restored. 
  1. Adjust your screen settings: Ensure your computer screen is set at the correct brightness and contrast. This will reduce the glare on the screen and make it easier for your eyes to focus.
  1. Blink frequently: When looking at a computer screen, you tend to blink less often, which can lead to dry eyes. Make a conscious effort to blink more frequently to keep your eyes moisturized.
  1. Use an anti-glare screen: Using an anti-glare screen on your computer can reduce the amount of glare on the screen, making it easier for your eyes to focus.
  1. Invest in a good chair: Sitting in a comfortable chair that supports your back and neck can help reduce tension and fatigue, which can contribute to eye strain.
  1. Keep your computer at a proper distance: Keep your computer screen about 20-28 inches away from your eyes, at a slight downward angle.
  1. Use proper lighting: Make sure your work area is well-lit and avoid glare from windows or overhead lights.
  1. Use lubricating eye drops: Lubricating eye drops can help keep your eyes moisturized and reduce dryness and itching. Ask us for which types of drops might be most beneficial for your eyes. There is rarely a best drop for everything and everyone as they are all slightly different. 
  1. Consider computer glasses: Special computer glasses can help reduce glare and eye strain caused by prolonged computer use. The focal point for these lenses can be set to your computer working distance, rather than for long distance – so they relax the focusing system of the eye. We can also put a blue light filter on the lens to reduce the amount of blue light entering the eye. Some people find some relief by the slight yellow tint this creates. 
  1. Make sure your vision is correct: If you have an existing vision problem, make sure you have it corrected by visiting your eye doctor.

By following these tips and tricks, you can protect your eyes from computer strain and reduce your risk of developing CVS. Remember to take regular breaks, adjust your screen settings, blink frequently and make sure you’re comfortable and your vision is correct. If you’re experiencing symptoms of CVS, be sure to schedule an appointment with our team at Louie Eyecare Centre to discuss treatment options.

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