10 Simple but Effective Ways to Get Rid of Computer Eye Strain
With the progress and development of technology in recent times, coupled with the pandemic and consequent lockdown and quarantine situation, most people have found themselves staring at screens for long periods.
TV, mobile phone, laptop or desktop computer, most folks are constantly exposing their eyes to screens which causes eye strain, also known as digital eye strain or computer vision syndrome.
According to reports from The Vision Council, compiled from a sponsored research, 59% of routine computer and digital device users suffer from symptoms of computer eye strain.
Some of the symptoms of computer eye strain include: dry eyes, headaches, blurred vision, red eyes, eye twitching, general eye discomfort, eye fatigue, neck aches and shoulder pains.
Thankfully, you can mitigate the effects of eye strain. Here're ten effective ways to get rid of computer induced eye-strain:
Get your eyes checked
Go to a professional eye doctor and have the doctor carry out a comprehensive eye exam at least once a year. Let your doctor know how often you stare at screens and also inform them about other eye difficulties you might have, as this will aid the examination process.
Ensure that the lighting is right
It is advised to reduce exposure to intense light rays, as constant exposure to bright lights cause computer eye strains. Also ensure that when you use any digital device, the lighting is neither too bright nor too dark.
Minimize glare effect by reducing brightness with darker wall colors - preferably with matte finish – and getting anti-reflective coating glasses, if you already use glasses.
Improve your display to LED screens
Instead of sticking to the traditional Cathode-ray tube style monitor, upgrade to the flat-panel light-emitting diode (LED) screen. it is advised that when getting a flat panel display, get something with a large display and with the highest resolution attainable.
Reset your display settings
Sync your devices’ brightness with your immediate environment and increase text size and contrast levels for better results. Preferably, stick to the default black on white text color style for ease on the eyes.
Generally, fixing your eyes on screens for prolonged periods causes dryness in the eyes and eventually, computer eye strains. This can be mitigated with simple exercises such as blinking, which necessitates tearing – a natural eye lubricant which prevents strains.
Do visual exercises
Doctors recommend the 20-20-20 exercise as a remedial for computer eye strains. The 20-20-20 exercise entails looking away from your screens, 20 feet away, staring at a particular spot for 20 seconds, every 20 minutes.
Give yourself a break
To remedy computer eye strains and basically prevent body pains, take a 15-minute break every hour.
Upgrade your workspace
Refurbish your workstation to suit your light settings and ensure your posture is right, as all of these factors contribute greatly to computer eye strain.
Opt for computer glasses
If all else fails, why not go for computer glasses? They are efficient, prevent digital eye strains and are trendy.