Computers and vision

Taking care of your eyes

Computers & Vision Common complaints made by people affected by Computer Vision Syndrome:

  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Eyestrain
  • Itching, dry or watery, burning eyes
  • Tired eyes
  • Flickering sensations
  • Double vision
  • Slow refocusing

Eye strain and vision problems are among the most frequent and overlooked complaints from people who spend long hours working in front of computers.

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Tips on furniture, posture, position, and lighting:

  • The top of the monitor screen should be level with the straight ahead seeing position.
  • The distance from the viewer’s eyes to the screen should be 45 to 55 cm
  • If the screen is too high, the eyes are wide open making the eye susceptible to drying out
  • Reference material should be placed as close as possible to the screen.
  • Adjust monitor screen brightness and contrast to a comfortable setting.
  • Reflected glare on the monitor screens from overhead lights can be minimized by an
    anti-glare screen attached to the screen.
  • Alternatively turn the screen off and check for any reflections. Move light sources, take out the offending light bulbs, or adjust the position of the screen to minimize reflections.
  • Rest breaks are important. Glancing into the distance every 4 or 5 minutes for 1 to 2 seconds will ease eye strain. Get up and walk at least once every 2 hours.
  • Consider the use of artificial tears to rewet and lubricate the eyes.
  • Hot compresses are a useful alternative to artificial tears.
  • Avoid the use of drops that "get the red out" unless suggested by Dr. Lidkea

Have your eyes examined regularly and tell us about your computer situation. You may need eye exercises or dedicated computer glasses.

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