10 Quick and Easy Ways to Prevent Computer Eye Strain

10 Quick and Easy Ways to Prevent Computer Eye Strain

 

Eye strain caused by daily hours in front of your computer is an unpleasant occurrence. You can avoid the painful experience by following the ten easy and quick proactive steps.

I wear glasses. I see my eye doctor regularly. And I have had eye strain. I take my eyes for granted and push them to their limit. Now, I follow these tips to take better care of my precious eyes so, that I’ll be able to write for years to come.

Here is how to be visually prepared:

Eye Exercises

Yes, your eyes need exercise, too. Focusing too much one way is like making your eyes do calisthenics and leads to strained and tired eye muscles. Do this instead:

  1. Every 20 minutes stop and look long distance for 20 seconds.
  2. Look long distance then look short distance for 10-15 seconds each for ten times.
  3. Every 20 minutes blink your eyes ten times slowly like you’re falling asleep.

Adjust Your Lighting

Squinting and trying to make your eyes work better isn’t the answer. It’s the lighting.

  1. Minimize glare by using good lighting and pull shades or curtains to block the sunlight that causes glare on your computer screen.
  2. If you’re typing from a printed or hand-written page, light that page, too, to equalize the light from your PC to your eye and the page to your eye.
  3. Adjust your computer screen for brightness, text size, contrast and color temperature (found in the control panel for Windows and display settings for Apple).

More Healthy Tips

  1. Is your chair at the correct height? You may need to adjust this.
  2. Sit a proper distance from your computer. Remember how your mom would tell you not to sit too close to the TV?
  3. Don’t forget to blink more often.
  4. Take more breaks. Sitting isn’t healthy for you, either. Get up, stretch, exercise, take a long look outside across the street to see what the neighbors are up to, etc.

With practice, these ten quick and easy eye exercises and tips will prevent eye strain and will become a habit that will keep your eyes healthy for years to come.

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