Eye strain; 6 tips to help you fight it if you work with computers

Working with computers for a long time might damage your eyes.

Like any other activity that requires focusing your eyes for an extended period of time, working with computers can cause annoying symptoms that suggest something is wrong with your eyesight, such as tiredness, dryness, hiding, itching, blurred vision, or even headaches.

You think that’s the price you have to pay for working so many hours in front of a screen? Well, it’s not true! Feeling uncomfortable doesn’t have to be something “natural”, and can also be the symptoms of more serious ailments or it might intensify the condition of problems that you may have, such as myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism.

In this article we are going to look at some ideas to fight eye strain due to the prolonged use of computers. However, remember that these are simple tips that do not replace medical criteria, so do not forget to see a professional if necessary.

6 ideas to fight eye strain

– Good posture

Did you think that the posture of your body would have nothing to do with the exhaustion of your eyes? Well, you are wrong!

Some frequent practices, such as having to look up because the screen is too high, can greatly increase eye strain, making work unbearable. In this sense, a much more suitable viewing angle is the one that places the screen slightly below our line of sight, if we look in a straight line. Thus, the top of the screen should be approximately in the straight line of our vision or something below, and the rest of the screen below.

But it’s not just about inclination when it comes to posture. The screen must also be in front of us, straight (not looking at it from the side or forcing us to turn our neck) and at an adequate distance (neither too close nor too far).

– A properly lit environment

When you have to work with a computer, excessive lighting will cause annoying reflections, and too little lighting will increase the contrast between the bright screen and the dark environment, causing eye strain. That’s why it’s best to have a soft light, which doesn’t fall directly on your eyes and illuminates the screen and keyboard without causing reflections.

On top of that, don’t forget that many screens and glasses (if you use them) can include anti-reflective, so it won’t hurt to ask about them before you buy them.

– Beware of screen settings

Do you take care of the ambient lighting? Then don’t forget to take care of the screen settings.

The screens you work with should have good quality, and free of defects, such as low definition or flickering. And don’t forget to put them in a place where they can avoid reflexes.

In addition to this, the brightness and contrast must be right (neither too much nor too little), the font size and images correct (enlarge them if they are too small) and the screen, of course, must be clean and in good condition.

And don’t forget that the best thing to do is to work with a light wallpaper and dark letters.

– Rest when you need it

When our body asks us to stop, it is usually because we need it.

However, even if it doesn’t ask us to, it is usually a good practice to anticipate exhaustion and give ourselves frequent short breaks before it is too late.

At the ocular level, breaks will facilitate our relaxation and prevent factors such as dry eyes. Some practices, such as closing your eyes for a few seconds, blinking a few times, or focusing at longer distances (for example, looking through a window) will help us in the process. But it’s all about resting your eyes; so don’t even think about using interruptions to look at your mobile phone or other screens!

– Your glasses

Do you wear glasses or contact lenses? Then don’t forget to keep them in good condition and have the right graduation.

Sometimes we think that if we already use glasses, we can forget about the visual problem because it has already been solved. And that’s a mistake.

Although we use glasses or contact lenses, we will still need periodic revisions to confirm if we need to modify the prescription or make some other type of correction, so we must visit our ophthalmologist.

In addition, it will also be important to keep our material in good condition. Or do you think you can go somewhere with those scratched, blotchy, chocolate-stained glasses?

– Artificial tears might help you

Frequently, when we look at a screen we remain absorbed in its contents and we tend to blink less than recommended, resulting in the appearance of dry eyes.

Also, sometimes certain conditions at work, sometimes difficult to avoid such as the presence of heating or air conditioning, can produce an extra dryness in the eyes. Is that your case? If so, artificial tears might help you.

Artificial tears will help keep your eye more lubricated, which will reduce this dryness and that uncomfortable feeling. Consult your ophthalmologist: they will be able to recommend the one that is most suitable for you.

These are 6 brief tips to fight against eye strain, but remember that our eyesight is one of our most precious assets, so do not forget to visit your ophthalmologist whenever you need and comply with your periodic reviews.

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