According to statistics, more than 50% of all the employees in the US  use computers at work. It takes no more than two hours a day staring at a computer screen to experience eye strain or more technically called Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). Various symptoms include irritation and redness of eyes, neck pain, fatigue – both mental and physical, Decreased productivity, headaches, neck stiffness and errors. To stay on top of CVS, follow these simple tips.

Use Computer Glasses

One way to reduce the amount of eye strain is through the use of eyeglasses. If you don’t wear prescription glasses, you can purchase special computer glasses. These have a photochromatic coating to reduce the amount of blue light entering your eyes. This can reduce the damage to your eyes considerably. It is better to wear eyeglasses over contact lenses to protect your eyes from computers. If you still insist on contact lenses, you can buy the more expensive silicone hydrogel contact lenses. These are significantly better than regular contact lenses in reducing eye strain from computers.

Change your Monitor

Upgrade your monitor to the something that is friendly for your eyes. You must get a high-resolution monitor which is at least 19 inches wide. Get an LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) or LED (Light Emitting Diode) monitor over CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) monitor to reduce the glare and flicker, which are the primary causes of CVS. Some OS also offer screen optimization through their computer updates.

Reduce Glare

Some monitors have highly reflective screens. Using such screens in brightly lit rooms or rooms with multiple windows can cause excess glare on the monitor. This glare can result in you having to squint your eyes from time to time to view the screen. This is a major cause of eye strain and can be eliminated by dimming the interior lights, using curtains, or in an unavoidable case, you can get a pair of anti-glare glasses.

Change your Workstation

  • You can protect your vision by making simple changes in the ergonomics of your workstation.
  • Use a chair that has excellent lower back support, aligns your spine and ensures a straight posture.
  • If you are using any reference materials in the form of books or papers, align them with your computer screen using stands or any other support systems.
  • Ensure that, while working, the screen is at 10 -15 degrees below your line of sight and is a little over an arm’s length from your eyes.
  • Make sure that you are not straining any part of your body by stretching or leaning to see any part of the screen.
  • Make it a habit to keep your screen clean from fingerprints, dust, and dirt to avoid distractions from affecting your view of the screen

Take Frequent Breaks

Sometimes when working, you may get so engrossed in it that you will forget to take a break from looking at the screen. This can cause immense stress on your eyes. To avoid this, keep a timer for 20 minutes at the end of which look at some object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This will ensure that your eyes get enough rest.

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