Current research shows that most of us spend up to 50 hours a week staring at a computer screen, and then even more time at a smart phone or tablet. A large amount of those say they suffer from headaches, difficulty focussing, blurred vision and tired eyes. If you have a job that requires extended work on computers, or you use your smart phone and/or tablet on a regular basis, it is important that you take breaks often and have your eyes examined regularly.
There are some simple guidelines to try and reduce the effects of computer eye strain, including:
- Tilting the monitor away from you at a 10 to 20 degree angle, creating the optimum viewing position.
- If you have been advised to wear glasses for computer work, wear them.
- Keep the screen dust free and clean – no fingerprints or marks!
- Use an adjustable chair and follow the recommended guidlines on how to position it comfortably at your desk.
- Blink regularly – when you are focussed on a screen tear production is reduced, causing you to blink less as your reflexes slow down, resulting in uncomfortable dry eyes.
- Position your monitor away from windows or anything that could cause a reflection or distraction.
- Remember to 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This gives your eye muscles a well earned rest, plus will increase the amount you blink.
- Use a visible character size – the smaller the font the closer you will have to sit to the screen.