10 Ways to Reduce Computer Eyestrain and Staying Productive
Sitting on your computer workstation, staring straight at your computer screen and working in front the computer all day can cause a lot of health risks. There are hundreds of ways this kind of lifestyle can hurt our body and health, but the most common and definitely the most irritating is eyestrain. When you’re one of the millions of people out there who are into this kind of sedentary lifestyle, then you are no stranger to neck aches, eye burns, head throbbing and vision blurring. All these things can be called as eye strain or in medical terms, Computer Vision Syndrome.
Here at Dual Monitors Guide, we care about your comfort and health as you work in your computer. This entry will talk about the effective ways to combat eyestrain.
Computer Vision Syndrome occurs from a combination of the bright light that comes from your computer screen, glares and staring at your screen for expended period of time.
Performing some eye exercises, a quick nap and ibuprofen can provide some quick relief. However, we all know they can’t offer long-term solution for the problem. This entry will teach you the preventive approach against computer vision syndrome.
Get a Comprehensive Eye Exam
First and foremost, you need to know the real status of your eye’s health and vision. Experts from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) says that, computer users, especially those who work for extended period of time in their desks every day, should get an annual eye exam.
During the eye exam, make sure you tell your eye doctor everything about your working condition; how long your sit and work at your computer every day and everything that bothers your vision causing your eyestrain.
Also, measure the distance between your eyes and your computer screen both at work and at home, and bring this measurement to your doctor to help you work with a specific distance that will not hurt your eyes.
Wear Protective Eyewear If You Have To
To get the best comfort at your workstation, you may want to get customized eyeglasses prescription for your line of work. Multicoated eyeglasses help prevent eye fatigue and eye strain by filtering the amount of light emitted by the screen and gets into your eyes. This is very important, especially for people wearing contact lenses, which can easily become dry and uncomfortable during prolonged computer work.
Computer eyeglasses are also good for people who wear progressive lenses and bifocals. These lenses are generally not designed for computer use, such as reading in your computer screen, working, playing games, etc. Florida Glasses for example, is a computer rimless reading glasses that can effectively protect your eyes from computer vision syndrome by filtering high energy light waves and decreasing reflective glares, as well as improve visual sharpness. Its lightweight and frameless design makes it look fashionable and stylish.
Note that if you are currently experiencing eye problems, then simple computer eye glasses can’t help. Thus, it is best to consult your doctor. Your eye doctor will help your eyes feel better. If you suffer from eye strain however, or if your eyes feel tired after daily computer work, then specially-coated or computer eyeglasses can be worth it.
Adjust Your Display’s Distance from Your Eyes
As stated in the previous paragraph, the distance between your eyes and computer monitor is a crucial for your eye health. Your monitor should be at least 20 inches away from your eyes, while the center of the screen should be at least 5 inches below your eyes. You don’t need to have the biggest screen, it should only be big enough for your eyes to see and scan through the content easily. Set your monitor to eye friendly preset mode, and enable the eye-friendly features such as flicker free technology, etc., get the right brightness and contrast. Adjust your computer screen so you are looking at it with your head slightly downward, and around 24 inches away.
Have a Proper Lighting
Eyestrain is usually caused by too much bright light entering the room and affecting the monitor. This light can be sunlight coming from the window or interior lighting that is too bright. Thus, to reduce the risk of eyestrain, you obviously need to reduce the ambient light. There are tons of ways to do this; you can close drapes, blinds and shades to reduce the amount of outdoor lights that gets inside your room, and use fewer light bulbs and switch to low intensity light bulbs or fluorescent tubes. Also, if possible, position your computer or at least your monitor away from the windows, rather than behind it or in front of it. You can also minimize glares by covering the windows. If the light that comes from outside can’t be minimized, then consider using a computer hood, or a monitor with that feature.
Kantek Monitor Privacy Visor for example, fits monitors ranging from 18 to 21-inch. It’s quick and easy to install, fully adjustable and effectively reduces overhead reflections and glares. Its hard plastic is made up of attractive construction and elegant design, allowing it to fit nicely to your computer and workstation.
Many computer users avoid working under overhead fluorescent lights, and work with floor lamps and or desk lamps that provides indirect incandescent or halogen light instead. You might want to try this one too.
You can also opt for “full spectrum” fluorescent lights, as they closely approximate the light spectrum the sunlight emits, which can be more natural and comforting than the traditional fluorescent tubes. However, even full spectrum lighting can cause be too bright as well, which can cause some sort of discomfort for some users. If possible, reduce the number of fluorescent tubes working above your computer workstation if you feel bothered by overhead lighting.