How to Prevent Eyestrain When Using the Computer

November 19, 2012 at 4:05 pm Leave a comment

Complaints of eye fatigue and discomfort are common among computer users, but the computer screen itself does not cause these symptoms. Fatigue, dry eyes, bad lighting or how you sit in front of your computer can cause eyestrain.

You can prevent eyestrain by making changes to your computer workspace and by visiting your eye doctor. Here are a few suggestions on how to make your workspace more comfortable:

  • Place your screen 20 to 26 inches away from your eyes and a little bit below eye level.
  • Use a document holder placed next to your computer screen. It should be close enough so you don’t have to swing your head back and forth or constantly change your eye focus.
  • Change your lighting to lower glare and harsh reflections. Putting a glare filter over your computer screen can also help.
  • Get an adjustable chair.
  • Choose computer screens that can tilt and swivel, as well as a keyboard that you can adjust.

Source: Prevent Blindness America

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