Most people these days have a computer or smart phone factored into their daily lives. According to the American Optometric Association, Computer Vision Syndrome “describes a group of eye and vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer use. Many individuals experience eye discomfort and vision problems when viewing a computer screen for extended periods.” The AOA estimates that computer eye strain affects over 70 percent of the approximately 143 million Americans who work on a computer on a daily basis. Below I’ve listed 5 simple tips to help with Computer Vision Syndrome.
1. Have a comprehensive eye examination: If it’s been more than a year since your last eye examination, visit your eye doctor to see how they can help you. There are so many factors involved in giving you optimal and comfortable vision while viewing a computer.
2. Take Breaks: Whether it’s every 15 minutes, or 30 minutes, taking breaks can relieve eye strain on the computer. When you take that break, make sure you don’t go right to your smart phone!
3. In most cases, be sure the computer is not too close to you: This can vary, and most people tend to have their computer more towards arms length. If the monitor is too close, that can increase eye strain. How do you know for sure? Have your eyes examined by your eye doctor.
4. Try to remember to blink more often when on the computer: We blink less when we read, which can cause the eyes become dry. If your eyes feel dry while on the computer, try to blink more often.
5. If you’re on the computer for many hours each day, consider enlarging the font size.
6. Good posture: Facing the computer with good posture, makes it where your eyes can work together more properly on the computer.
7. Good contrast: If the computer screen is too dim, or it’s a bright room, sometimes the contrast needs to be adjusted.
8. Reduce glare: Anti-glare screen protectors can help. If you’re in a room with bright sunlight coming in through the windows, you may want to try to close the blinds some, to reduce glare, or move the monitor in a different position.
If you have any other questions, feel free to ask! Have a great day!