With so many folks using work computers, it is no surprise that eye strain has become one of the primary complaints related to office jobs. Problems such as these can range from increased numbers of errors at work, a decrease in productivity and physical fatigue. Minor annoyances like red eye and eye twitching are also to be considered. Avoid eye strain in the office with these eye tips.
Upgrade Your Monitor
If you are still using a tube style old monitor, it is time to replace this. Instead, help prevent eye strain in your home and work office by replacing your old monitor with the kind that has a liquid crystal flat panel display just like the ones used for computer laptops. On the eyes, LCD screens tend to be easier and have surface that is anti-reflective. CRT old-fashioned screens can cause noticeable image flickers, which are major causes of eye strain that is computer-related. Even if this is an almost imperceptible flicker, it can cause fatigue and eye strain while you work at the computer.
If the monitor’s refresh rate is less than seventy-five hertz, there is an even more likelihood of complications. If this applies to you, one thing you can do is to adjust the settings on the display to the highest possible rate of refresh. When selecting a new flat display panel, find screens with the highest possible resolutions. These are related to the display’s dot pitch and finding a .28 mm dot pitch or less is recommended.
On computer screen reflections as well as on walls, glare can cause eye strain. You might want to consider the installation of a monitor anti-glare screen and possibly use a dark color matte finish to paint bright walls instead. Consider using a computer hood when it is impossible to reduce light from outside. Cover windows when possible. Purchase lenses on glasses that you wear that have an AR coating which stands for ‘anti-reflective.’ By minimizing the light amount that reflects off the back and front surface of your eyeglass lens, you help prevent eye strain.
The Right Lighting
Many times, the cause of eye strain is due to excess bright light from harsh interior lighting or bright sunlight streaming through the window. You can reduce the light indoors by using less fluorescent tubes or fewer light bulbs. Use bulbs with lower intensity. When you can, position the monitor or screen of your computer in such a way that it is to the side rather than behind or in front of it. You may also feel better when you don’t work under fluorescent lights overhead. When you work, use a floor lamp rather than an overhead light. This way you prevent eye strain by using indirect lighting.
Go Through a Routine Eye Exam
One of the most important things you can do to protect yourself from eye strain is to get a routine eye check up that is comprehensive. As a matter of fact, the more frequently you work at your computer, the more often you should have an eye exam. Tell your doctor at your comprehensive eye exam the frequency of your computer work.