We’ve all worked on a computer at work at one point or another, and possibly felt the aftermath of staring too long or too hard at the computer monitor. It is very unpleasant and can cause many different medical issues stemming from constant migraines, to eye irritation. Since so many of us constantly use computers at work, job-related eye strain is becoming an ever growing complaint due to bothersome visual symptoms that gradually occur for 50 to 90 percent of individuals that work on a computer daily. Many individuals are plagued by decreased productivity levels, eye irritations like red eyes or twitching, an increase of errors being made on the job, and overall physical fatigue.
Have you ever experienced any of these symptoms? There’s a good chance that you have and may not be aware of what could be causing these unpleasant symptoms. We are here to educate and inform people who may be experiencing job-related medical issues and provide some helpful suggestions on how to optimize the workstation and help relieve some of these unpleasant symptoms related to Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS).
As complicated as this may sound, even just a few simple adjustments made to your computer screen could possibly make all the difference. Listed below are a few simple suggestions, a checklist if you will, to help pin-point possible causes of eye strain.
- Adjusting your computers display could make all the difference. Just by simply decreasing or increasing the brightness, contrast or even text size could easily provide some visual relief. Adjusting the display to be approximately the same brightness as your surrounding workstation is ideal. Setting the text size and contrast so you are not straining to read what is in front of you is just as important. If this suggestion is not effective take into consideration our next helpful tip on the list.
- Go to your employer and request an upgraded display/monitor. With new technology many advancements have been made in regards to computer monitors. Now a days, Liquid crystal displays (LCD) monitors have been noted to be far more easier on the eyes. They have an anti-reflective surface that allows the eyes to focus on what is being projected vs. what is projected and reflected at the same time.
- Using proper lighting is critical. Some people may assume this is a given, however, it can at times be difficult to achieve, especially if you’re seated next to a window. Eye strain is often caused by excessive bright lights from outdoor sunlight. If at all possible request blinds or shutters to be used or put in place. Position your computer monitor to be to the side of outdoor light instead of behind or in front of your workstation.
- Take short, consistent breaks. Taking a moment away from your computer screen, either to take a quick walk around the building, or a restroom break to help with giving eyes a moment to rest will do wonders.
- Close your eyes. As silly as this suggestion may sound, it’s highly recommended that a person take as many blinks in a day as they can. Blinking ones eyes helps keep them moisturized and helps prevent irritating dryness.
- Give them a Workout. Help give your eyes additional relief by giving them a quick workout. To help reduce your risk of eye strain and tiredness from focusing for long lengths of time staring at your monitor, do your best to look away from your computer screen at least every 20 minutes. Look at something for at least 20 seconds that is at least 20 feet away. A fun way of remembering this is “20-20-20 Rule.” This rule helps relax the muscle inside the eye that focuses for longer periods of time.
- Get a complete, comprehensive eye exam. Having routine eye exams can do wonders for you in the long run. Getting an exam prior to starting your job, and then once a year can help track any potential growing issues and put into effect any preventive measures.
These are just some of the things you can adjust at your workstation to help give yourself some much needed eye relief. For further tips and suggestions feel free to discuss them with one of our highly trained and experienced eye doctors at Monterey Bay Eye Center. We are a leading resource for eye treatments and complete, comprehensive eye examinations.
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