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8 Eye Care Tips for Computer Users

Staring at a computer screen all day can take a toll on your eyes. Plenty of jobs require using a computer or digital device for hours on end, so how can this be avoided? Follow these 8 tips to reduce digital eye strain as an avid computer user.

  1. Take Frequent Breaks man with neck pain The eyes, neck, back, and shoulders are all affected by extended time spent in front of the computer. For at least ten minutes every hour, stand up and walk around. Stretch all of your muscles to reduce tension.
  2. Follow the 20-20-20 Rule
    Every 20 minutes, looking at an object 20 feet away, for 20 seconds. This will give your eyes a break from only focusing on the nearby screen in front of you.
  3. Blink More
    People tend to blink less often when looking at screens, which can result in dry eyes. It is important to blink fully and frequently while working at a computer to keep your eyes moistened and prevent irritation.
  4. Adjust the Screen Display woman on computer in a dark room The brightness of a computer screen should match the brightness of your surroundings. If it seems like a light source, it’s too bright. If it looks too dull, the brightness should be higher. Adjusting color temperature settings on a monitor is a good way to lower the amount of blue light that is emitted.
  5. Use Eye Drops
    If your eyes become dry and irritated while staring at a screen for too long, use preservative-free eye drops such as artificial tears or lubricant eye drops. These are the best eye drops for computer users and treating eye strain since they can be used as often as needed throughout the day.
  6. Switch Up the Workspace illustration of correct posture while working on a computer Working at a computer can lead to poor posture. Make sure the desk chair is at a height where your feet can rest comfortably on the floor. The computer should also be positioned 20 to 24 inches away from your face to avoid slouching and eye strain.
  7. Wear Blue Light Glasses Woman wearing blue light glasses While working at a computer, you are exposed to blue light. Blue light is a color in the visible light spectrum that produces high amounts of energy. Overexposure to blue light can result in unpleasant symptoms including eye strain, trouble falling asleep, and damage to retinal cells. Eyeglasses with blue light lenses help filter out blue light.
  8. Get Annual Eye Exams
    It’s important to get annual comprehensive eye exams to detect any vision problems related to computer use. Let the eye doctor know how often you look at screens and at what distance.

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