Correcting and Clarifying Your Vision: An Optometry Blog

4 Approaches To Decrease Eye Strain From Excess Computer Use

by Troy Simmmons

If you're in a job that requires you to sit in front of a computer all day long, your eyes will start to feel strained eventually. Ignoring the problem may result in eyesight loss and other related complaints, so follow these approaches to decrease eyestrain when you use computers excessively. Visit an optometrist regularly to keep track of your eyesight.

Make Sure Your Room Lighting Doesn't Cause A Glare Against Your Screen

Appropriate lighting can reduce the amount of eyestrain you face, so make sure the room light is not too dark or bright. When you use computers, your ambient lighting should not be excessively different from the monitor light to prevent any significant glares. If there's too much sunlight coming in, which causes your monitor to feel darker than it actually is, don't turn on the brightness of the monitor. Simply close the shades to ensure that the monitor appears brighter without actually turning on the brightness of the screen.

Modernise Your Monitor's Display 

Old cathode ray display screens are tougher on the eyes in the long run because they can cause videos and pictures to flash. On the other hand, liquid crystal display screens with anti-reflective properties have been introduced as a solution to protect eyes from premature deterioration, which is especially important for people who use computers regularly for their work. You'll also want to make sure that the screen is large enough for you to view the contents without having to strain your eyes.

Increase The Screen Size Of The Files You're Working On

People who sit in front of their computer screens working typically work on items like Word, Excel and Powerpoint files. But straining your eyes to meet their small sizes can trigger eyesight deterioration over time. To prevent this from happening, make sure you increase their visibility to prevent unnecessary eye stress. You can also increase the size of the fonts for greater clarity when you're typing in characters.

Give Your Eyes A Break By Taking Them Off The Screen

It's also important to take regular breaks while working on computers to prevent your eyes from becoming tired and weary. Make sure you blink your eyes regularly to keep them moist and irritant-free. Take a break every once in awhile for your mind and eyes to rejuvenate. This is perhaps the best way to prevent too much eye stress when your job requires you to sit in front of a computer for several hours in a day.

Follow these approaches to reduce eye stress. If you're feeling like you're eyes are failing you, visit a professional immediately to prevent the problem from getting worse.