Eye Care for Computer Users
Computer work causes eyestrain even for people with perfect eyesight – follow our eye care advice to ensure that you avoid the often painful symptoms of computer-related eye problems. Common symptoms of eye strain could include the following:
- Tired eyes
- Near-to-far blur (eyes take a while to focus when you look up from the computer screen)
- Burning or irritated eyes
Our eye care clinic advises that computer users should always keep a few things in mind to reduce the amount of strain put on your visual system due to prolonged, close-up focusing. These include the following tips:
- Make sure that you don’t have a visual problem by visiting your Optometrist.
- If you do have glasses, make sure that you wear them as prescribed.
- Look up from the computer screen at least every ten minutes to relax the accommodation of your lenses.
- Concentrate on maintaining a good posture when sitting behind your desk – both feet flat, and thighs parallel to the floor. The screen must be right in front of you, so that you don’t have to twist at the waist.
- The screen must be at eye level, or slightly lower than eye level.
- The screen must be at least 50 cm away from you. The closer you sit to the screen, the more strain you put on your visual system.
- Try to keep reflections from lights and open windows on the screen to a minimum.
- Adjust the contrast to a comfortable level. It shouldn’t be too bright.
- One tends to blink the eyes less frequently when visually concentrating, leading to dry eyes. Using a tear supplement to keep the eyes moist often helps to maintain visual comfort.
Unfortunately, any prolonged close-up work or long hours of computer work is bound to cause computer eye strain, and there is no miracle cure for tired eyes. If you keep the above-mentioned tips in mind, you can keep unnecessary eye strain to a minimum. Speak to the eye specialists at a reputable eye clinic such as Eye Laser Clinic in Cape Town for more tips for healthy eyes.