Your computer is not your friend. It makes your eyes burn and tear. It gives you headaches. It causes your neck, shoulders, and back to get tense and sore. Unfortunately, using the computer is a necessary evil. So what can you do about it?
1. Take breaks. Every 20 minutes, gaze across the room or out the window for 20 seconds. Spend at least five minutes away from your desk every two hours.
2. Sit up straight. Good posture and a comfortable chair will make a huge difference.
3. Increase viewing distance. Push the monitor farther away and place it lower than eye level if possible.
4. Moisturize. Eyes get dry when blink rate decreases. Supplement with artificial tears every two hours.
5. Stay out of the spotlight. Make sure your screen is free from reflections and glare.
6. Upgrade. LCD displays are superior to CRT screens.
7. Invest in appropriate eyewear. Computer glasses with anti-reflective coating are a must. Your eye doctor will customize a prescription based on the distance from your eye to your monitor. The new anti-glare coatings block harmful blue light emitted by the screen.
You don’t have to suffer from Computer Vision Syndrome. Contact Modern Optometry today to schedule an eye exam.