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5 Tips to Ease Computer Eye Strain

Did you know that eye strain occurs in up to 70 percent of people who work on computers? With more of us spending all day – and sometimes our evenings too – staring at a computer screen, it’s no wonder we’re experiencing dry, red, tired eyes. Here are five easy tips to relieve eye strain.

  1. Good lighting is essential. Most offices are simply too bright, whether that’s from sunlight streaming through a window or harsh overhead lighting. Reduce the light by closing window shades and/or using fewer light bulbs. Make sure any desk lamps are not aimed at your screen, causing glare.
  2. Adjust computer display settings. Use the system or the monitor settings to adjust brightness, contrast, and text size. Typically the best combination is black text on a white background in type large enough to avoid squinting.
  3. Give your eyes a workout. Instead of focusing on your screen constantly, every 20 minutes, look up at an object about 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. It’s called the 20-20-20 rule and can help ease eye fatigue.
  4. Blink and take breaks. It seems that when we’re working on the computer, we naturally blink less and that’s part of the problem. Blinking moistens your eyes to reduce dryness and irritation. Another problem? Not taking breaks. To reduce computer vision strain, take four to six mini breaks. For five minutes stand up, stretch, relax your shoulders and neck. This will reduce tension and fatigue.
  5. Protect your vision. Consider a vision supplement to nourish and protect delicate structures in your eyes. Opti Gold protects rods and cones to support healthy clear vision and Eye Moisture Complex works to stimulate your eyes’ natural ability to lubricate, making you more comfortable.

Put these tips to work and watch your productivity and comfort increase.