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Working On Computer all day is horrible for your eyes

Working On Computer all day is horrible for your eyes

Working On Computer all day is horrible for your eyes. After 10 to 14 hours of screen time in a single day, your eyes can feel like you just rinsed them with sand.

Here are some simple guidelines and by making some physical adjustments to your workspace, you can avoid putting too much strain on your eyes. Here are some tips to make your workday healthier.

Tips for workspace

Monitor position: Position your monitor directly in front of you about an arm’s length away so that the top of the screen is at or just below eye level. It helps to have a chair you can adjust too.

Screen settings. Enlarge the type for easier reading. And adjust the contrast and brightness to a level that’s comfortable for you.

Bright lighting and too much glare can strain your eyes and make it difficult to see objects on your monitor. The worst problems are generally from sources above or behind you, including fluorescent lighting and sunlight. Consider turning off some or all of the overhead lights.

If you need light for writing or reading, use an adjustable desk lamp. Close blinds or shades, and avoid placing your monitor directly in front of a window or white wall. Place an anti-glare cover over the screen.

Refresh your eyes: Many people blink less than usual when working at a computer, which can contribute to dry eyes. Blinking produces tears that moisten and refresh your eyes. Try to make it a habit to blink more often when looking at a monitor.

Physical and Eye Care Tips:  When reading printed materials or doing close work, try to position the light source behind you and direct the light onto your page or task. If you’re reading at a desk, use a shaded light positioned in front of you. The shade will keep light from shining directly into your eyes.

When doing close work, take occasional breaks and rest your eyes by looking away from the digital screen.

If you need glasses or contacts and work at a computer, consider investing in glasses or contact lenses designed specifically for computer work. Ask your optometrist about lens coatings and tints that might help too.

 

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