After a long writing session, have you experienced the following symptoms?
- Dry eyes?
- Blurred vision?
- Eye twitching?
- Difficulty focusing?
You, my friend, are the victim of eye strain.
Sitting in front of our monitors, pounding away at the keys, is not conducive to our over all eye health. The Mayo Clinic defines eye strain as ‘Eyestrain occurs when your eyes get tired from intense use, such as driving a car for extended periods, reading or working at a computer. Although eyestrain can be annoying, it usually isn’t serious and goes away once you rest your eyes.’
Here are 10 steps to help prevent eye strain:
- Get your eyes examined
- Use proper lighting – This is a huge issue for me. Too much bright light and I’m in strain city, not to mention the obnoxious headache that goes with it.
- Minimize glare
- Upgrade your computer display – Get rid of your old CRT monitor. They suck energy like a sponge and do not have the resolution capability of the newer flat panel monitors.
- Adjust your display settings – Adjusting Text, Contrast, Color and Brightness can save your eyes.
- Blink – Seriously blink! Lack of blinking results in dry eyes and difficultly focusing, so blink.
- Exercise your eyes – In my January post ‘Writing Eyes‘ I provided a youtube video that gave some basic eye exercises. No weights, gym memberships, or special clothes needed to perform.
- Take frequent breaks – Get up from your chair and take a walk. Your thought process will clear up and your eyes will have something different to focus on.
- Modify your workstation – Place any document holder at the same level, angle, and distance as the screen to avoid having to shift eye focus.
- Consider computer eye wear – I’ve worn reading glasses since my early 20’s, one regular pair and one tinted (amber) on bad headache days. Computer/reader glasses help take the strain off your eyes, by allowing them to focus better.
Take care of your eyes they are one of your greatest assets.