We are in a computer technology era where the use of phones and computers are indispensable. Staring at computer screens have effect on our eyes, the screen does expose the eyes to blue light. This can lead to eye straining. Eye straining are usually felt because of the close proximity of the screens and the long time spent looking at them.
Symptoms of computer eye straining includes:
- eye fatigue and discomfort,
- dry eyes,
- blurred vision,
- neck and shoulder pain,
- eye twitching and red eyes.
Below are steps that will help you even though you find yourself staring at the computer screen all day due to the nature of your job.
1. Make Use of Proper Lighting
Excessive bright lights can lead to eye strains. Lower the brightness of the screen, switch the color spectrum toward the yellow-ish side. Use shades or blinds to get rid of the exterior light. You can also position your screen so that you are not in front of or behind the windows. Some people also feel better when they avoid fluorescent lights that are above them.
2. Blink more often than usual
Blinking more often is very important, it protects the eyes from irritation and dryness. Blinking helps to moistens the eyes and this is important when working on a computer or android phones. Have you noticed that when you are operating your phone or working on your system that you blink less often? This causes the tear coating to evaporate leading to dry eyes. To reduce this, you can try exercising your eyes like you are slowly falling asleep. This will moisten your eyes.
3. Take Breaks often
Take break often, do not stay glued to the your screen. To reduce the strain on your neck and shoulder, you should take frequent breaks during the day. During your breaks, try standing up, stretching your arms, necks, leg, and shoulders and move about to reduce your tension on your eyes as well as your body.
4. Consider wearing eyewear
You can protect your eyes from computer rays by getting customised computer glasses from professionals. This is very important if you use contact lenses as that could make your eyes uncomfortable and dry when working on the computer for an extended period. Also, try getting a photochromic lenses to reduce the exposure to blue light.
5. Get a comprehensive eye exam.
The need of having an eye examination often cannot be overemphasized. Have a routine comprehensive eye exam every year, it will help to prevent or treat computer vision problems. During your exam, be sure to tell your eye doctor how often you use a computer and digital devices at work and at home.