6 Ways to Prevent Computer Eyestrain

Keep your eyes healthy in front of the computer using these tips.

Guest post provided by Simon Bukai. See below for more information about this author.

Many Americans work in front of their computers all the time.

This trend has caused many to suffer from eyestrain and would want to find ways to keep their eyes healthy all day long.

You need to pay attention to your body’s signals since it’s easy to attribute eyestrain symptoms to a long day at the office and not anything else.

Here are effective ways to prevent and treat eyestrain at work.

Eyestrain is a form of repetitive stress injury and can cause a wide array of symptoms.

Knowing these symptoms is important in order to prevent further damage.

This might be easier said than done since you might not recognize some of these issues as problems related to eye health.

Be aware of symptoms like dizziness, fatigue, lightheadedness, nausea, and headaches.

Blurred and double vision, tired and sore eyes, burning, watery, and itchy eyes are also common symptoms of eyestrain.

Take frequent breaks

Ideally, it is recommended that we get off our desks every half hour while working.

Since most of us find it impossible to do this, we need to look for ways to stop looking at our screens for a couple of minutes every now and then.

Get up and refill your water bottle, talk to your colleague instead of sending an email, or walk around your cubicle. You will do your eyes a very big favor.

Remind yourself to take breaks

It’s easy to forget to take breaks especially when you’re having a busy day.

Set your computer or phone timer to remind you about taking frequent breaks.

You can also use apps like ProtectYourVision, Time Out, and WorkRave so you won’t forget to get up and move about or just look out somewhere else.

Practice the 20-20-20 rule

The 20-20-20 rule is a simple trick to help reduce the symptoms of eyestrain.

For every 20 minutes you spend looking at the screen, you also need to spend 20 seconds staring at objects 20 feet away – or at some distance that your eyes aren’t required to focus on anything.

Use larger texts

Reading small text causes eyestrain.

For a clearer picture, make sure your screen’s resolution is set to high. Adjust your computer’s text size by pressing ctrl + “+” on the keyboard as many times necessary.

The proper text size should make you feel relaxed and won’t cause you to squint.

Align your monitor properly

Staring at the computer monitor will cause you to blink less often. As a result, your eyes become dry and red.

To avoid this problem, you need to position your monitor just below eye level. This position allows you to look at the monitor without opening your eyes as wide.

Adjust your light source

Aside from your monitor, the surrounding light can cause eyestrain.

If the room is too dark, you’ll be getting harsher light coming from your screen. If it’s too bright, the glare on the screen can irritate your eyes.

Do not place a light source directly behind you or position the monitor facing an open window to prevent glare from going directly into your eyes.

About the Author:
Simon Bukai owns and operates Vista Health Solutions, a health insurance marketplace. Visit their site at for more information.



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