Adjusting your workspace can help prevent computer-related eyestrain

 
By Doug Bennett • Published: April 13th, 2015
Category: Health in a Heartbeat
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With so many of us working on computers all day, eyestrain has become a major complaint. Studies show that as many as 50 to 90 percent of computer workers experience strains or similar visual problems that can decrease productivity, increase errors and cause irritations such as red or twitching eyes. Luckily, there are many things we can do to combat this.

Begin by getting an eye exam done and return annually for check-ups. Be sure to tell your doctor how long you spend on the computer and how far away you are from its screen.

Eyestrain is frequently caused by excessive bright lights in the workplace. When using a computer, ambient lighting should be half of what is normally found in offices. If possible, use floor lamps instead of overhead fluorescent lights, and close curtains or paint walls a darker color to minimize glare.

Upgrading your display monitor can also help. LCD monitors are easier on the eyes than older models. In your computer settings, adjust brightness, text size and contrast.

When working on a computer, people blink a third less than they normally do. Blinking and exercising your eyes can prevent dryness and irritation. If you have to glance between a notebook and a computer, this can cause eyestrain.

Taking more breaks can improve overall productivity and reduce computer vision syndrome, back and shoulder pain, too. A new study has shown that eyestrain was significantly reduced when workers took four additional “five-minute mini breaks” during their workday.

Your workspace is vital for your productivity and health, so make sure it’s adjusted to meet your needs. Assuring spaces are properly lit, adjusting your posture and taking short breaks can make all the difference.