8 tips to save eyes from computer vision syndrome

Working
on computers is essential in several professions, while a sizeable
number do so for leisure or communication needs. But very few are aware
of the flip side of working on computers. Computer screens emit a
harmful blue light that is dangerous to human eyes and prolonged usage
can lead to what has come to be known as digital eye strain in medical
lexicon.

However, just taking a few simple steps can keep your
eyes from getting strained, irritated and dry despite using your
computer all day long.

 

1. Keep your screen clean

 

Dirt, dust and fingerprints on the computer screen make it harder to
read what’s on the screen. If you ignore the grime continuously, it
becomes a habit and can lead to chronic headaches in the long run.

Good
thing is that this can be easily avoided. Take a minute out of your
schedule and wipe the computer screen daily. It will be enough to keep
your screen regularly cleaned and avoid you the extra strain.

2. Use proper lighting 

 Too much light, either from an internal source or direct sunlight
through a window, causes eye strain as much as seeing on the screen out
in the sun.

Place your computer in a way that the windows are
neither in front or behind it, but on the sides. Absolutely eliminating
exterior light is even better.

Also, avoid working under overhead
fluorescent lights. If that is not possible, at least try switching to
“full spectrum” fluorescent lights which are more comforting for
computer work than regular fluorescent tubes.

3. Use fonts that are easy to read

Use fonts that are easy to read
It
may sound obvious, but computer screens have a way of making us forget
to blink. It is, in fact, very common to blink less frequently while
working on the computer. But blinking at regular intervals while working
on computers is essential as it moistens eyes and prevents them from
dryness and irritation.

If you still feel dryness or irritation
in your eyes, switch to using lubricating eye drops prescribed by your
doctor. And if you suffer from chronically dry, itchy eyes, then using a
laptop instead of a desktop computer is recommended. When you’re
looking down at a laptop, your eyes tend to stay more moist.

 

4. Blink regularly

Blink regularly
It
may sound obvious, but computer screens have a way of making us forget
to blink. It is, in fact, very common to blink less frequently while
working on the computer. But blinking at regular intervals while working
on computers is essential as it moistens eyes and prevents them from
dryness and irritation.

If you still feel dryness or irritation
in your eyes, switch to using lubricating eye drops prescribed by your
doctor. And if you suffer from chronically dry, itchy eyes, then using a
laptop instead of a desktop computer is recommended. When you’re
looking down at a laptop, your eyes tend to stay more moist.

 

5. Follow the 20-20-20 rule

Another very simple rule, but also a necessity. All that you have to do
is take a 20 seconds break, every 20 minutes to focus on something 20
feet away from you.

This simple task will help you maintain a
healthy level of moisture in your eyes, and also reduce eye strain. You
can add another 20 to it by sitting at least 20 inches away from your
computer screen.

Segmenting time spent on the device proves to be very beneficial in the long run

6. Annual eye test

Get a comprehensive eye examination conducted at least once a year. It
helps you prevent vision problems if you don’t have them, and keep a
check in case you are already suffering.

A comprehensive eye test
is even otherwise an important barometer of overall health. Risk for
things like stroke, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, brain tumours,
aneurysms, and multiple sclerosis can be evaluated just by testing your
eyes.

When you go for the eye test, do inform your doctor how much you use the computer.

7. Consider using computer glasses

Consider using computer glasses
It
is always a good idea to invest in computer glasses, because using them
reduces strain on your neck, back and eyes. The anti-reflective or
anti-glare coating on their specialized lenses softens the glare of
harsh lights emitted from the computer screens. But you can use computer
glasses only if the doctor has recommended them.
 
 
 
 
 
 

8. Green diet

Green diet
Besides
these tips, there are a number of other steps you can take to keep your
eyes fit such as seeing a doctor regularly, and including dark leafy
greens like spinach, broccoli, zucchini, peas etc in your diet. It is
important that prevention and care begins at the right time for eyes.
After all, we can enjoy our gadgets only if our eyes support us.

 

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