With so much technology and business blended together here in the Triangle NC, our patients often spend a lot of time working in the Raleigh and Durham area staring at a computer a good part of the day. People who sit in front of computers and other related devices for long periods can often experience headaches or strain in the neck or back.
But the most common symptoms are often overlooked when it comes to eye strain; blurred vision and dry eyes often are the result that contributes to computer vision eye problems.
March is National Save Your Vision Month. To save your vision while working, try these adjustments for healthy vision in front of your computer:
Your Computer Screen
- Glare — Check your office or cubicle lighting and use window treatments to avoid a glare on the screen. If you’re using a glare reduction filter, make sure it has the American Optometric Association Seal of Acceptance.
- Resolution — Use the highest resolution possible to improve your eye comfort.
- Contrast — You don’t want the monitor too bright or too dim. Be sure you can easily read the letters and see the background.
Your Seated Position
- Ergonomics — You can find a lot of information out on the web for suggested corrections that can help adjust your chair, computer and desk so that you won’t have any wrist, back or neck strain. For healthy eyes, be sure your monitor and keyboard are straight ahead. The top of the monitor should be just below horizontal eye level, and you should tilt the top of it away from you about 10 or 20 degrees.
Other Eye Tips
- Check your prescription — Computers are usually further and higher than a typical reading task, so your bifocals may not work. Ask Dr. Beth your Park Ophthalmologist for help with choosing the right glasses for your type of work.
- Take breaks — Rest your eyes every 20 minutes or so by looking far away, such as out a window for a different visual.
If you ever experience eye strain, blurred vision or dry eyes, talk to Park Ophthalmologist about all of the ways to help save your vision.
This article about the benefits of eye care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.
The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.
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