Have you ever thought about how much time you spend staring at a computer? If you’re one of the nearly 100 million Americans working a typical desk job, odds are it’s about eight hours a day. Then, factor in your time spent at home on your phone, plus television time, and you’re probably looking at a screen for upwards of 10 or 11 hours a day.
Your mom wasn’t lying when she said that too much computer time was bad for your eyes. The next time you’re at work, find relief from computer-induced eye strain by taking advantage of some of these ideas.
- Practice eye yoga. Yup, eye yoga is a thing — no mats or floor space required!
- Adjust the lighting in your office. Most of us don’t have much control over our office lighting, but if you can, eliminate exterior light by closing drapes.
- Choose an anti-glare screen. Installing an anti-glare screen on your monitor will reduce its reflective level.
- Update your monitor. Just due to their processing power, most companies have already switched from tube monitors to flat-screen, LEDs. But in addition to their advanced capabilities, LEDs also have a more anti-reflective screen.
- Adjust your computer brightness. Believe it or not, your computer shouldn’t give off much light. Adjust your brightness levels so that your monitor is bright enough that you can see text on a white background, but not so bright that it can illuminate a room.
- Blink more often. When staring at a computer, people tend to blink a third less than they usually do. It may be a bit easier said than done, but try to think about blinking more throughout the day.
- Keep eye drops on your desk. Eye drops won’t only help to lubricate your eyes, but they’ll also encourage you to blink more often.
- Go for a walk. One of the best things you can do for your eyes is give them a break. Taking short, but frequent, walks will give your eyes a much needed break from the computer screen.
- Schedule a comprehensive eye exam. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends that people who work at a computer get annual, and sometimes bi-annual, eye exams.
- Stay up-to-date on your prescription. Nearly 71% of people who complain about computer-induced eye strain are wearing the wrong eye glass or contacts prescription, which only adds to their discomfort.
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