How to reduce Digital eyestrain

As more and more people use computers in their daily lives, the number of people suffering from digital eye strain increases. Digital eye strain is caused by staring at a screen for a long period of time. Normally, our eyes constantly move as we go about our environment but modern work entails the use of computers which doesn’t allow too much eye movement. Eye strain can have a negative impact on our productivity as well as our wellbeing so it’s crucial that people learn to recognize it and know how to address it. Below are a few of those tips.

Get your eyes checked

When you start to exhibit worrying signs of digital or computer eye strain, you should approach an eye doctor first. You want to make sure that what you’re experiencing is due to excessive screen time and not related to any pathological issues. Ophthalmologists can also recommend tips to help you manage eye strain better, often prescribing computer glasses that take some of the harsh glare away before it enters your eyes.

Use proper lighting

Eye strain is sometimes caused by improper lighting such as excessively bright light coming from outside that shines through a window. It could also be due to very harsh interior lighting. When you are on your computer, make sure that the ambient light is about half as bright as most offices have. Try to remove any exterior light by drawing the curtains or shades in the room where you’re working. You can also reduce interior lighting by only leaving a few light bulbs powered. And when you’re on your computer, try to position it so that windows are to the side instead of behind or in front of it.

Minimize the glare

Eye strain can also be attributed to glare that reflects off of walls, finished surfaces, or reflection from computer screens. To remedy this, you can install an anti-glare screen on your computer display and paint a darker color on bright walls. If you have prescription glasses, get lenses with an anti-reflective coating as this helps reduce glare considerably.

Get a new display

Sometimes the problem is your computer hardware. Older screens, such as those old tube-style monitors, cause flickers which contribute to digital eye strain. Add to this, the refresh rates of these old monitors are very low which only aggravates eye strain. Upgrade your display to a flat display with a high refresh rate. Go for the monitor with a high resolution, something with a dot pitch of about 0.28 mm or smaller.

Adjust your settings

Sometimes digital eye strain can be addressed with a simple tweak of the display settings. Similar to spy equipment, you can change the brightness of your display to match that of your work environment. If you are straining yourself trying to read small letters, you can increase the font size of your display to a size that you can comfortably read. Modern displays also allow you to change the color temperature. In general, warmer hues like orange and red don’t cause as much eye strain as cooler hues.

Contributor : Eliza Brooks

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