A lot of industries today are heavily computer orientated, where employees are seated behind a desk, endlessly typing on a computer from 9AM to 5PM. Computers are great for getting a lot of work completed quickly and efficiently, but have you ever considered the effects they may be having on your eyesight?

Eye strain is a common problem for a lot of office workers, as we often forget to take regular breaks away from the screen during the work day and then continue to scroll through mobile and tablet screens after hours. Constantly staring at a bright screen for too long can cause eye strain, often leaving you feel tired, irritated and unfocused.

Symptoms

There are many symptoms of eye strain that you may have previously experienced:

  • Eye discomfort
  • Headaches
  • Dry Eyes
  • Watery Eyes
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred Vision
  • Eyes feeling tired, sore or burning

What can you do to help?

  1. Take Regular Breaks

Follow the 20/20/20 rule where every 20 minutes you focus on something 20ft away for 20 seconds. This allows your eyes to have short, but frequent, breaks away from the screen to refocus.

It is also recommended to take 5-10 minute breaks away from your computer every 50-60 minutes.

  1. Blink More Often

Make sure you’re not staring at the screen too hard by remembering to keep blinking.

  1. Alter Your Monitor’s Position

Your monitor should be placed 20 to 24 inches away from you and angled 10 to 15 degrees below your eyes for comfortable head and neck positioning.

  1. Appropriate Indoor Lighting

It is recommended to use floor lamps in office areas, to move employees away from working directly under florescent lighting. Being exposed to lights too bright can cause your eyes to feel tired and strained.

  1. Consider Computer Glasses

If your eyes continue to feel strained, book an appointment with your optician to speak to them about the possibility of computer glasses.

  1. Minimise Glare

Reduce your computer’s glare by moving the computer away from direct light. Look into your computer screen, if you can see a light source reflecting, it’s causing a glare and therefore needs to be moved.

  1. Change Display Settings

Change your screen to something more comfortable, perhaps a lower brightness or a larger text size. Alter the settings so your eyes won’t have to focus too hard or look too closely.

  1. Upgrade Your Screen

More modern computers come with LCD screens, which are anti-reflective. These will be easier on your eyes as they will flicker less while using them.

If you suffer from eye strain and are considering computer glasses, or just simply want to check everything is ok with your eyesight, pop in store or call us on 01905 613020 to book your appointment today.