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Tips to relieve computer eye strain

Posted by Royal Sundaram on 08 Oct 2010

A majority of computer users these days are prone to eyestrain problems like headaches, blurred vision and other symptoms which have come to be known as ‘Computer Vision Syndrome’.

Following are some tips that can help you relieve the strain on your eyes:



Take Regular Breaks

Nothing works like giving your eyes a break literally. Now stop staring at that computer screen and turn away for just a couple of seconds and notice the relief your eyes get. If you have a window near your desk, look out of the window for a minute.

Reduce Glare

Making sure you use non-reflective interfaces can help reduce glare which dramatically reduces the strain on your eyes. If you are using a CRT monitor you can switch to a flat screen LCD which is not as reflective. You can also ensure that any screen you use is at a 90 degree angle from any direct light source. Using anti-glare coating on glasses also helps.

Blink your eyes more often

Blinking is important because it lubricates your eyes and prevents dryness. Researchers have found out that people blink about five times less than normal when they work at a computer. The air conditioning in offices also increases dryness. If you are experiencing dry eye symptom, you should visit your eye doctor and get a prescription for artificial tears.

Exercises to relieve eye strain

  • Every 20 minutes, blink 10 times by closing your eyes as if falling asleep (very slowly). This will help lubricate your eyes and prevent dryness.
  • Follow the 20-20 rule. Gaze at distant object away from your computer every 20 minutes for 20 seconds. This relaxes the focusing muscles of your eyes and helps your eyes to focus better.
  • Rub your palm till it becomes warm and place it on your eyes to help relax the eye muscles.

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