Many people spend hours working, shopping, playing and reading in front of a computer. Remaining in one spot while staring at an illuminated screen can have an adverse effect on your vision. What can you do to prevent eye strain?
Maintain Proper Light Levels
Excessive brightness can cause eyestrain. This can happen from intense sunlight coming through a window or powerful interior lighting. Make sure your ambient lighting is around half as bright as the illumination if you are in an office setting.
Reduce Glare as Much as Possible
Reduce glare by using an anti-glare screen and covering nearby windows. Those who wear glasses can choose lenses with an anti-reflective coating. Walls can be painted in darker colors with a matte finish.
Keep Your Monitor at Arm’s Length
Never sit too close to your computer monitor. The screen should be approximately 25 inches away from your face, or around one arm’s length. Position yourself so that the middle of the screen is around 10 to 15 degrees lower than your eye level.
Use an Updated LCD Monitor
Newer LCD monitors are easier on your eyes than the old style units. If you are still using an outdated CRT (cathode ray tube) model, it’s time to upgrade. CRT monitors cause a flicker which can cause eye strain.
Use the 20-20-20 Rule
Always work with the 20-20-20 rule in mind. That means you should look at an object that is at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds or more once every 20 minutes.
Keep Up with Eye Exams
Make sure you are having regular eye exams to monitor health and vision. Contact ophthalmologists Grosinger, Spiegelman & Grey Michigan’s Leading Eye Care Physicians today to schedule your next appointment.