Dr. Jim Martin 03/04/2016

man_searching_on_a_laptop.jpgComputers are an integral part of the majority of workplaces and many Americans spend much of their workday staring at a computer screen. Doing so can lead to eye strain, which in turns leads to dry, red or irritated eyes.

Digital Eye Strain, also known as Computer vision syndrome (CVS), is a real problem and you should take daily precautions to avoid feeling its effects. The following are things you can do to make your workspace easier on your eyes.

Reduce Glare
You can lessen the strain on your eyes by reducing or removing glare from your computer screen. Position your screen at a 90-degree angle away from any direct light source, and utilize indirect light whenever possible. Also, invest in an anti-glare screen if you're able.

Adjust Your Computer Settings
Adjusting the brightness, text size and contrast of your computer screen are important things you can do to decrease eye strain. Your display screen should be approximately the same brightness as your work space, if not brighter. A brighter monitor reduces the flicker rate of your computer and lessens fatigue. Adjust the text size so that it's easy to read.

Adjust Your Monitor's Position
The positioning of your computer's monitor can contribute to eye strain if it's not the proper distance away from your eyes. Ideally, your screen should be four to five inches below eye level and 20 to 28 inches away from your eyes.

Adjust Screen Resolution
It's important that your monitor has a high-resolution display. This, in turn, will produce sharper type and crisper images to reduce eye strain.

Computer Eyewear
Having a pair of prescription computer glasses can definitely make long hours of computer work more comfortable.

Other Things You Can Do

Adjusting the glare, brightness and resolution of your computer screen are all vital things you can do to prevent eye strain in your work space. Here are some other important steps you can take daily to reduce eye fatigue and strain:

Blink Often
You blink less often when you're using a computer screen and this can lead to eye dryness and irritation. Blink your eyes slowly 10 times every 20 minutes to moisten them.

Take Breaks
Give your eyes a break by following the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes focus on an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

Get Regular Eye Exams
Studies show that over 70 percent of people who suffer from CVS wear glasses or contacts. Schedule regular comprehensive eye exams to make sure your prescription is correct.

Relying on the professional team of doctors and professionals of Broome Optical of Amarillo will ensure that you're getting the best vision and eye care. Download our free infographic for more ways to help your eye at work.

Computer Vision Syndrome Infographic