Computer Lovers – Tips To Save Your Eyes

12 Jul

About six months ago, I started experiencing uncomfortable symptoms in my eyes. Sometimes, I had blurred vision, and at other times, double! I had headaches, too. I underwent a complete medical check-up, which determined I was in the peak of health. Consequently, I grew more worried. Then, my doctor asked me about my computer habits. 

Like most people today, I am in front of a computer screen for long hours. Making presentations, sending e-mails, making budgets, and business proposals – everything at work is done on the computer, and as a result, almost 5-8 hours each day are spent on it. The moment I told my doctor this, he informed me that this extended use of computers was the cause of my problems. Though I was relieved that there was nothing medically wrong with me, I worried how I would cope, because I could not quit my job. Then, my doctor gave me a few tips to relieve my eyes of computer strain 

  • He asked me to take a lot of breaks. Either to look away from the computer, or get away from my desk every 15 to 20 minutes.

  • He asked me to measure the distance to my monitor. It should be between 33 and 59 centimetres from the eyes.

  • He asked me to get an anti-glare filter on my computer screen. However, my advice would be to get a modern monitor, one with minimal distortion, glare and reflection.

  • He asked me to keep my screen clean, so that I did not strain my eyes more than what was necessary.

  • And finally, he asked me to get anti-glare lens.

     

It’s been some time since I put all those pointers to action, and the headaches and irritation of the eyes have gone! Computers are an integral part of our lives, there is no avoiding them. But it is best to protect one’s eyes from the strain – after all, they are more valuable.

Have you protected them yet?

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