A lot of jobs require having to sit for hours in front of a computer screen, that it is only inevitable for a lot of people to develop computer eyestrain. Computer eye strain affects our work performance more than we realize. Although eye strain is not really a disease, it is actually an eye symptom. Eye strain does not also lead to any serious eye damage, but it is very uncomfortable. Some of the symptoms of eye strain include headaches, physical fatigue, blurred vision, dry eyes, eye twitching, and other discomforts. With these symptoms, we are caused to have decreased productivity and make more errors in our work. Do not take eye strain lightly, if you know you have been affected by this, now is the time to address this issue and do what you can to relieve you from it. In this article, we have listed some tips to give you relief from eye strain.
Take breaks every once in a while
Everyone needs rest and without rest, you cannot function properly. A lot of people neglect to rest between work hours because for them, it is better to keep the momentum going to keep being productive. This is not always the case. You need to rest not only for your eyes but also for your head, neck, shoulder, and back. A long time in one position, staring at a computer screen will more likely to cause body aches, bad posture, and not to mention the obvious eye strain. When you take breaks, try to stand up and stretch your body. This will reduce tension and muscle fatigue.
Adjust your lighting
Besides having to look at a computer screen all day, eye strain can also be caused by other sources of light. Too much brightness from either outdoor sunlight or indoor fluorescent lighting can cause major discomfort and weary eyes. The ideal ambient light should only be half as bright as the brightness of your computer screen. You can use blinds or drapes to eliminate bright light. Also, avoid working directly over fluorescent light.
Eye strain can also be caused by glare from office walls or other surfaces. Reflections from screens can also cause this. To avoid glare, try installing an anti-glare screen on your monitor.
Adjust your display settings
One of the factors that you can easily control is your computer display. You can adjust it to your comfort. Adjust the brightness of your screen and check what level of brightness works perfectly for you. To check if your screen is too bright, look at the white background of a page, if it looks like a source of light, then it is too bright. It may be too dim if it looks dull and grey. Eye strain can also be caused by using a text size that is too small. Adjust text size especially when you are reading or composing long documents.
Do not forget to blink
It is an involuntary human act but sometimes people blink less frequently when they are working in front of a computer screen. Blinking in important because it refreshes our eyes and moistens it. It prevents dry eyes and eye irritation.