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5 Ways to Relieve Computer Eye Strain (Part 1)

POSTED ON October 13, 2011

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Did you know that computer eye strain has become a major job-related complaint? According to AllAboutVision.com, studies show that eye strain and other bothersome visual symptoms occur in 50 to 90 percent of computer workers. These issues can lead to physical fatigue, decreased productivity and increased numbers of work errors. AllAboutVision.com shares five easy steps you can take to reduce your risk of computer eye strain and other common symptoms of computer vision syndrome. 1. Get a comprehensive eye exam Having a routine eye exam from ...

Did you know that computer eye strain has become a major job-related complaint?

According to AllAboutVision.com, studies show that eye strain and other bothersome visual symptoms occur in 50 to 90 percent of computer workers. These issues can lead to physical fatigue, decreased productivity and increased numbers of work errors.

AllAboutVision.com shares five easy steps you can take to reduce your risk of computer eye strain and other common symptoms of computer vision syndrome.

1. Get a comprehensive eye exam

Having a routine eye exam from your Indiana eye doctor is the most important thing you can do for your eye health. Not only does Dr. Tavel test for glaucoma, cataracts, muscle balance, visual acuity and depth perception, but Dr. Tavel also can uncover diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and multiple sclerosis and identify vision-related learning disabilities in children.

2. Use proper lighting

Your eye strain may be caused by excessive bright light from a window or from harsh lighting inside. Eliminate exterior lighting by closing shades and blinds in your office. Use fewer or less intense light bulbs in your overhead lights.

3. Minimize glare

The glare on your computer screen can cause eye strain. Indiana optometrists suggest installing an anti-glare screen on your monitor. It’s crucial that you have anti-reflective coating on your glasses. AR coating reduces glare by minimizing the amount of light reflecting off the front and back surfaces of your lenses.

4. Upgrade your display

Replace your old tube-style monitor with a newer LCD display. Get the highest resolution possible on a large display (my 19 inch LCD screen is great!).

5. Adjust the brightness and contrast of your computer screen

Make the brightness of your screen the same as the room you’re in. Choose a high contrast between the characters and background, and make sure the text size and color are easy to see.

These are just some of the suggestions Dr. Tavel has to minimize computer vision syndrome. Check back next week for another round of sight-saving tips!

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