Computers And Eyesight

2D11064853-140108-eye-strain-1750.blocks_desktop_largeWith most information being available on the computer, more and more people are spending endless hours in front of the screen. After a long day in front of the computer, it is common to start feeling tired, irritable, or have pain in the eyes or head. This can be avoided! 

Staring at computers and forgetting to relax and give the eyes a break can cause permanent damage and eye problems.

No one is expected to live a life without computers, we all need them and are used to them being a part of our daily lives. However, it is important to listen to our bodies and relax or take a break when necessary.

Your body knows better than you do when it’s time for a break. Do not work until your eyes burn as till then, you’ve missed all the previous signs. Take short breaks every hour of work. This means get up at least once every hour and walk around.

However, taking breaks isn’t enough. Look away from the screen every 15-20 minutes for a minute or two. Look at things close and far away to allow your eyes to adjust and move around. The goal is to avoid the strain in the first place.

Blink as often as you can to keep the eyes lubricated.

Take a few minutes to roll the eyeballs around, you can do this with your eyes open or closed to avoid looking silly. Open and close your eyes often to give them a short break.

Yawn if you have to.

Yawning stretches out the jaw muscles and keeps them from becoming tense causing headaches and eyes strain.

Move around as much as possible.

You should always be in a comfortable position so adjust your body to the chair as often as needed. Move the keyboard or monitor so you aren’t stretching your neck or looking at things at a strange angle.

Also, Try to avoid glaring on the monitor, move it around as the sun moves or get a screen protector.

Keep the work area bright and well lit. Bright lights lighten up the mood and keep you feeling positive. Dim lights only bring down your mood and cause you to feel sluggish.

Making minor changes in the work space and taking breaks often can keep long hours in front of the computer from permanently damaging your eyes.

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