Prevent Computer Eyestrain
Making these simple adjustments to your computer surroundings can reduce eyestrain:
Adjust window shades and overhead lighting so as to redirect light that may cause glare. Harsh fluorescent lights create glare that creates eyestrain and fatigue. Choose indirect lighting that does not project behind or in front of your screen. Try changing the computer screen’s contrast and brightness settings to increase visibility. An anti-glare filter on your monitor may help also.
2. Check the position of your computer screen.
It should be about an arm’s length away (20 inches) and directly in front of you. Modify the height of your monitor so that it is 4-6 inches below eye level. Also, your arms should be at a 90 degree angle when typing on your keyboard and reading materials should be located where it will require the least amount of head movement.
3. Adjust your computer settings so as provide optimal viewing conditions.
Use bold face font and Increase font size to make reading easier. Black text on a white background provides the best contrast setting.
4.Give your eyes a break.
Change your focus every 15 minutes or so. Remember to blink often. Blinking moistens your eyes and prevents dryness and irritation. Sometimes a lubricating eye drop may be necessary, ask your doctor about this. As a reminder, set an alarm on your phone or computer that will remind you to take a break.
5. An uncorrected vision problem or an incorrect prescription will add to your eyestrain.
Sometimes a slight prescription will make a big difference in your comfort level if you spend a lot of time in front of a computer. To get the most precise correction, measure the exact distance that you sit from your monitor so that your eye doctor can customize your prescription accordingly. Today's "reading glasses" are no longer designated for book reading distance (14-16") but computer distance (18-30") which can vary depending whether you use a laptop or desktop computer, I pad or even your cell phone.
Since most of us spend hours each day in front of some type of a computer screen, making these simple changes will make a noticeable difference in your comfort level and help reduce the effects computer related eyestrain.