Save Your Eyesight at the Computer: Do you ever experience eye strain, fatigue, blurred or double vision at the computer? If you answer is yes, you’re not alone: According to the American Optometric Association, 9 out of 10 people who work at computers do, too. It’s called computer eye strain, near point stress and more.But, basically, it means sitting at the computer and staring at your screen for long periods of time.
And glasses aren’t always the answer – and they shouldn’t be. Glasses treat the symptoms, not the underlying causes. Symptoms of Computer Stress Syndrome are primarily caused by: 1. External factors that contribute to visual stress, and 2. Mis-use of the eyes at the computer.
To start eliminating external factors:
1. Sit 18-24 inches from the computer screen. Too close and your eyes have to work too hard to converge; too far and your eyes have to work too hard to focus.
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2. Look downward at the screen.
Your line of sight should be level with, or slightly above, the top of the computer screen.
3. Eliminate, or reduce, glare that reflects on the screen. Glare forces your eyes to work harder to focus on the text and images on your screen.
To begin using the eyes properly:
1. Take a 3 second vision break by shifting your focus from the screen to a distant object and back again 3 times. Do this every 5 minutes.
2. Keep your eyes blinking. When engrossed at the computer we unconsciously forget to blink. Remember to blink every 3-5 seconds.
3. Be conscious of your peripheral vision. Don’t just stare at the screen. Remember to be aware of your surroundings too.
There’s more to staying healthy at the computer: What’s the best way to adjust your workspace? Why should a mirror sit next to your computer – or on top of it? How can you quickly get rid of a headache caused by Computer Stress Syndrome?