Eye Health

Updated 04 November 2013

Six ways to reduce computer eye strain

Staring at your PC screen all day? Keep an eye out for these symptoms.

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Computer eye strain has become a major office-related complaint. Symptoms can range from headaches, blurred vision, physical fatigue and decreased productivity, to minor annoyances like dry irritated eyes and eye twitching. Here are 6 easy steps you can take to reduce computer eye strain.

Lighting And Glare

  • Reduce bright light either from excessive sunlight or from harsh interior lighting.

  • Position your monitor so windows are to the side instead of in front or behind it.

  • Reduce interior lighting by using fewer light bulbs or fluorescent tubes, or use lower intensity bulbs and tubes.

Computer Screen And Display

  • LCD screens are easier on the eyes and usually have an anti-reflective surface.

  • Adjust the brightness of the display so it's approximately the same as the brightness of your surrounding workstation.

Blinking

Blinking keeps the front surface of our eyes moist, reducing dryness and irritation. By working at a computer, people can blink up to five times less than normal.

Having an air conditioner in your office can increase tear evaporation, placing you at greater risk for dry eye problems.

  • Make an effort to blink frequently.

  • If you experience dry irritated eyes, consider using artificial tears during office hours.


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