How to Care for Computer Eyes

Whether you work in front of a computer screen for a living or enjoying surfing the web for fun, your eyes can become damaged from prolonged exposure to a computer. Computer-related eye strain is a condition that affects millions of people in America, regardless of age. Although its symptoms vary in intensity, there are some things you can do to keep your eyes in good health.

Eye Exams

Many computer-related vision disturbances can be detected and treated with regular eye exam.

Reduce Glares and Reflections

Adjust your lights, decor and other glare inducing items, so they do not reflect light onto your computer screen. Your computer screen should be as bright as the other light sources in the room. You should minimize reflections to help prevent eye strain and fatigue.

Wear Glasses

Even if you do not normally wear glasses, talk with your eye doctor about wearing glasses when you are in front of the computer. Eye glasses can prevent glare, magnify images and limit the amount of effort it takes for your eyes to see the screen.

Take Breaks

Sitting in front of a computer for prolonged periods of time can cause you to experience vision changes and irritate your eyes. Take frequent breaks and focus on an object away from your computer every 15 to 20 minutes to prevent eye strain, soreness, dryness and fatigue.

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