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Eye Care for Computer Users

Eyestrain, headaches and blurred vision are some of the very common stress symptoms of computer users which are inevitable results of sustained use of the computer. This is detrimental not only for your eyes, but the visual fatigue can at times cause a considerable amount of body fatigue and reduce your energy at your workplace. What’s more alarming is heavy computer users are at more risk for glaucoma than people who are not such avid users of the computer.

Some Computer Stress Symptoms

  • Headaches during or following computer use
  • Irritated and dry eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Refocusing problems in when looking up from the computer screen towards distant objects
  • Losing your place while moving your eyes between your work and the computer screen
  • Difficulty in having a clear vision after prolonged computer use
  • Doubling of vision at times
  • Changes in color perception
  • Frequent changes in glasses’ prescription

Other Computer Stress Symptoms

  • Neck or shoulder pain
  • Back pain
  • Pain in arms or wrists.
  • Decreased visual efficiency

However, there is no need to panic even if you are really feeling stressed out after your work session at the computer. You can decrease your stress by making a little bit of change in the workstation conditions, sitting posture, by using anti-glare lenses or fixing a special anti-glare screen. Also, there are a lot of effective eye exercises and nutritional supplementation for your eyes if of late you have been sensing that your eyes need some special care:

  • The 20-20-20 Rule: For people who have to work long hours at the computer, the 20-20-20 rule is to be followed religiously. After every 20 minutes of work, you have to look 20 feet away from where you are sitting. Thereafter, blink 20 times and resume your work again.
  • We tend to blink very little while we are staring at the computer screen. This aggravates the stress problems of the eyes especially if the person is already suffering from dry eye syndrome. You must consciously blink all the time you are working on the computer.
  • Artificial tear drops or lubricating eye drops can be administered to the eyes before and during your session on the computer. However, before using any eye drops, it is suggested that you should consult your optometrist.
  • Opt for computer glasses or anti-glare glasses that will be helpful to save your eyes from the constant glare of the computer. Also adjust the settings of the brightness of the screen such that the glare is minimum.
  • It is advisable not to use contact lenses while you are working on the computer. This worsens the problem of eye stress by drying the eyes further.
  • Correct your sitting posture such that a fair distance is maintained from the computer screen. The distance of your eyes should be approximately 22 to 28 inches away from the computer screen.
  • Also, take care that the center of the computer screen is 4-5 inches below the level of your eyes. It is less stressful for your eyes if you have a downward gaze while looking at computers. There is less corneal surface exposure as the lids cover most part of the eyes and thus there are lesser chances of drying of the eyes.
  • Check your sitting posture often so that you do not have neck, shoulder or wrist pain. Your wrist also should not rest against any sharp edges. Always see to it that your legs are resting on ground.
  • The lighting of the room should be appropriate so that the glare of the computer does not contrast it and stress your eyes.
  • Anti-glare screens that can be fitted on your computer screen are an effective solution for reducing eye strain. Flat panel anti-glare screens are the best as they reduce the glare to a minimum.
  • Sit away from the air conditioner so that the air from the blower does not directly reach your eyes. This is a major cause of dryness.
  • Splash cold water on your eyes at regular intervals and do easy exercises in the breaks, like, rolling your eyeballs both clockwise and anticlockwise. After every three hours, repeat each set ten times. It is an excellent exercise for reducing eye stress!
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