Tips to ease eye strain caused due to computers

 

We spend most of our time in front of the computer and this can cause severe strain on our eyes. Problems caused due to computer related eye stress include red eyes, tired eyes, temporary blurred vision and eye twitching. These are just the minor problems you may face, and then there are the major ones which include myopia and presbyopia. Let us look at a few tips to ease this strain caused due to computers.

Comprehensive eye examination

A routine eye examination will help reduce strain on your eyes

A routine eye examination will alert you of possible eye damage

A comprehensive eye examination with an eye care professional is a must for all those who spend long working hours at the computer. You will be asked to provide information about your working ambience and number of average hours that you spend at the computer.

Computer eye wear

Special eye wear for computer users can help

Special eye wear for computer users can help

Like reading glasses, your doctor will prescribe eye wear to use while sitting in front of your computer. This is usually necessary for those who do office jobs involving eight hours a day of computer work.

Blinking voluntarily

Staring at the computer for long hours without blinking is bad

Staring at the computer for long hours without blinking is bad

When you spend long hours staring at a computer screen, you tend to involuntarily blink less and this causes dryness in your eyes. This dryness is especially bad for your eyes so you should make it a point to voluntarily blink every time you feel your eyes drying out.

Lubricants and artificial tears

Artificial tears will reduce dryness

Artificial tears will reduce dryness

Doctors and eye care professionals may sometimes prescribe lubricants to prevent extreme eye dryness.

Frequent breaks

Take breaks from your work and de-stress

Take breaks from your work and de-stress

Make it a point to take a break from constant staring at your screen. Take a walk or talk to your colleagues. Do not cause strain to your eyes by continuously staring.

Eye exercises

There are several eye exercises for computer users

There are several eye exercises for computer users

Sometimes your eye muscles need to be exercised because constant staring at a screen in one direction can cause your eyes muscles to feel strain.  Exercising the eye will help to avoid such muscle fatigue. These include looking up and down, sideways about 10 times each, looking at the farthest object that you are able to visualise from your seat for 10 seconds and gazing at your finger placed 30 centimetres from your eyes for another 10 seconds. This helps in your focussing ability at variable distances.

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