by HowNow » 29 Jul 2015, 05:20
The eyes are the light of the body, and they need protection, else we are doomed. The following guide will teach us how to protect our eyes from the inescapable prolonged use and stare at digital computer and mobile screens like desktops, laptops, iPad, tablets, and phones. We are in a full-blown digital age. We use computers to do a lot these days - to work, to play, to communicate, and many more.
So, for a lot of people, to survive means staring at computer and mobile screens for a long length of hours in a day. For example, my friend is a banker. He works with the computer all day. And these computers are right in front of his eyes. Also, to communicate, he may have to look at his phone screen for a period of time each day to call, chat, et cetera.

While reading this post, you are 100 percent most likely staring at your computer screen or phone screen! And this article may take you at least 5 minutes to read.

This close-rage stare will sure have effects, if not now, but someday on our eyes. What can we do to minimise, if not eradicate any possible side-effects of this close-range romance between our eyes and these screens? An extract from Dr. Nelson's EyeCare Blog gives a guide.
Computer or digital vision syndrome can be prevented or reduced if the individual controls the lighting and glare on the computer screen, establish and maintain a proper working distance and posture for viewing the screen and correct his or her refractive error no matter how minor they might be.

In addition, the following steps will help minimize the visual symptoms associated with computer vision syndrome.

Avoid Reflections - Avoid Glare: Reduce glare on your computer screen by closing any nearby window (or use curtains) from which the glare is reaching your computer screen. You can also move your monitor a little bit until the glare disappears. Cover your lamps and bulbs with glare screens and cover your monitor, tablet and cell phone with glare filter.

Accessibility - Adjust your computer Settings: Adjust your computer font size, brightness and contrast until you get the adjustment that suits your vision. The individual is advised to increase the computer font size, reduce the brightness and normalize the contrast until he or she is comfortable.

Angle Matters - Position your Monitor Properly: Position your monitor slightly below (4-6 inches) your eye level and 20-28 inches away from you. To prevent looking up at your screen and back down at your desk while typing, put your typing material on a stand and place it near your monitor. At this position, you won’t be stretching your neck or strain your eyes to see what’s on the monitor and your typing material.

Relax - Take a Break: Always look away from your monitor every 20 minutes before you continue with your computer work. Blink as often as possible while working on your computer to keep your eyes moist and if your eyes are getting unnecessarily dry, visit an optometrist for lubricating eye drops.

Regular Check Up - Visit your Eye Doctor: Thorough eye examination by an optometrist will review the cause of these visual symptoms because some of the conditions causing computer vision syndrome are refractive error related. Hence the optometrist will determine if you need glasses, contact lenses, special computer glasses or lubricating eye drops.
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