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Tips for Computer Eye Strain Relief

The following are tips for eye strain relief, they are not directly tips for eye strain treatment;

1. Get a comprehensive eye exam.

An annual comprehensive eye exam is the most important thing you can do to prevent or treat computer vision problems and an option for eye strain treatment.
During your exam, be sure to tell your eye doctor how often you use a computer and digital devices.

2. Minimize glare.

Glare from light reflecting off walls and finished surfaces, as well as reflections on your computer screen also can cause computer eye strain. Consider installing an anti-glare screen on your display and, if possible, paint bright white walls a darker color with a matte finish.

If you wear glasses, consider buying lenses with anti-reflective (AR) coating. AR coating reduces glare by minimizing the amount of light reflecting off the front and back surfaces of your eyeglass lenses.

3. Use proper lighting.

Eye strain is often caused by excessively bright light either from outdoor sunlight coming in through a window or from harsh interior lighting.

When you use a computer, your ambient lighting should be about half as bright as that typically found in most offices.

Eliminate exterior light by closing drapes, shades, or blinds. Reduce interior lighting by using fewer light bulbs or fluorescent tubes, or use lower intensity bulbs and tubes.

Also, if possible, position your computer screen so windows are to the side, instead of in front or behind it.

Many computer users find their eyes feel better if they can avoid working under overhead fluorescent lights. If possible, turn off the overhead fluorescent lights in your office and use floor lamps that provide indirect “soft white” LED lighting instead.

Sometimes switching to “full-spectrum” fluorescent lighting that more closely approximates the light spectrum emitted by sunlight can be more comforting for computer work than regular fluorescent tubes. But even full spectrum lighting can cause discomfort if it’s too bright.

Try reducing the number of fluorescent tubes installed above your computer workspace if you are bothered by overhead lighting.

4. Exercise your eyes.

Another cause of computer eye strain is focusing fatigue. To reduce your risk of tiring your eyes by constantly focusing on your screen, look away from your computer every 20 minutes and gaze at a distant object (at least 20 feet away) for at least 20 seconds.

This is called the “20-20-20 rule.” Looking far away relaxes the focusing muscle inside the eye to reduce fatigue.

Both of these exercises will reduce your risk of computer eye strain. Remember to blink frequently during the exercises to reduce your risk of computer-related dry eye.

5. Consider computer glasses.

For the greatest comfort at your computer, you might benefit from having your eye doctor modify your eyeglasses prescription to create customized computer glasses.

This is true if you normally wear contact lenses, which may become dry and uncomfortable during extended screen time.

Ask your eye doctor for details and advice.

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