Computer Eye Strain – Staring at a Screen for Too Long

Many of us have to work with computers for long hours, and it will seriously affect our vision in ways that will provoke frequent aches. What I have noticed though, is that many issues related to computer use stem from our eyes; by restricting normal eye behavior we are facing troubling aches and a reduction in productivity and efficiency as well.

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Regular eye exams : As someone who has to deal with someone who has frequent eye strain issues, my advice is that you should get regular comprehensive eye exams in order to prevent anything from developing. After all, it is easier to prevent than to deal with complicated treatments. When visiting your eye doctor, make sure that you are telling every symptom you feel; no matter how minute you might think it is. As a rule of thumb, report anything that might seem out of the ordinary so that your doctor can give you an accurate assessment.

Step out of the dark

I noticed that a lot of people working with computers do so in completely off lighting situations. It is important that you create an appropriate contrast with proper computer lighting. Most of the times, eye strain and headaches are due to the big difference in lighting and the effect it has on our eyes. My husband, who has computer vision syndrome, says that it is necessary to have good lighting in the room as it will help reduce the strain on your eyes. Moreover, it is vital that you take frequent breaks and that you remember to blink to remind yourself to start blinking normally.

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Computer vision syndrome

Although it is possible to avoid straining your eyes too much, it is practically inevitable to completely avoid computer vision syndrome. In my experience, and according to medical research, it is common that people suffering from this syndrome have migraine like headaches, and their eyes get strained more than they would usually.

Furthermore, because people tend to forget to blink while they sit at the computer & their eyes become exhausted faster. You will notice if your eyes are becoming too strained if you look into the mirror and see that you have red eyes. From my perspective, one of the ways to prevent computer vision syndrome is to avoid working in bad conditions and to have several breaks during your work hours so that you can take a breather.

Eye problems

Computer vision syndrome will be more felt than visible to others; but it will be still possible to notice some of the signs, which will include dry eyes, and as I have already mentioned, red eyes. The good thing is that you can easily but eye drops which will help your eyes get back to normal quickly; moreover, some eye drops contain substance that will make your eyes appear less red. However, remember that this is not a permanent solution, and that in order to avoid eye issues, you should focus on creating a better environment to work in.

Computer eyewear

I have also found that computer eyewear can really help those who suffer from computer vision syndrome, and whose eyes are strained too much. Basically, these accessories are professionally personalized eyeglasses with a prescription, they are meant to help ensure a more comfortable and stress-free environment when working with a computer. The protective wear will help with the reduction in contrast and it will protect your eyes from drying out; which is especially vital for those who wear contact lenses.

Computers affecting vision

Unfortunately, I have seen many get affected with computer vision syndrome, but luckily they have managed to improve their situation following some of the simple rules to avoid further eye strain. You need to remember that it is important first to recognize what causes your eyes to strain too much and to find a solution for it. If prevention doesn’t work, make sure to visit your eye doctor and consult about laser eye surgery. It is also crucial that you re-examine your work environment and implement necessary changes for better eye health.

Author Bio

Author : Diana SmithThis article has been written by Diana Smith, she is a full time mom of two beautiful girls and always interested in topics related to business and marketing.

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