Spending too much time in front of your computer screen may lead to temporary problems like eye strain, dry eyes, and increased sensitivity to light. Research has revealed that 60 to 90 percent of computer users experience an issue with their eyes, which is a direct result of prolonged hours in front of their screen. This inevitable problem makes it important to figure out what can be used to protect the eyes from problems that may arise. Below are some of the things you can do to protect your eyes.
Adjust screen settings
Most computers come with screen settings that give users control over the brightness level of their screen. These settings also include the colour scheme, so you can adjust the colour settings to one that is more favourable and better adaptable to your eyes. With these settings, you can automatically make colour adjustments based on environmental factors, like time of day and lighting in your room that will help your eyes cope better during long hours.
Take Regular Breaks
A simple trick to relaxing your eyes is known as the 20/20/20 rule. When you are working at your computer for a long period, you should shift your gaze to an object that is 20 feet away from you and look at that object for 20 seconds at 20 minutes intervals. So, every 20 minutes you look away from your screen and relax your eyes by shifting focus from objects that are close, which put pressure on your eyes, to those farther away.
If your job requires that you spend most of your time in front of a computer, with little or no time to rest your eyes. You should consider getting prescribed glasses from your optometrist. Visit an optometrist and explain the nature of your job, typical hours spent, and any eye problems. You should be able to get prescription glasses that protect your eyes by reducing the glare from the screen and alleviating strain on your eyes.
Regular Eye Exams
Eye issues can be detected and corrected early if you schedule routine eye exams. Schedule regular appointments with your optometrist and be sure to provide details of any changes in your vision. Your optometrist will be able to compare your previous eye exam results with your current ones to determine any changes.
Blinking creates moisture that dampens the eyes and helps to prevent dryness and irritation. If you are going to be spending a lot of time on your computer, you should consciously blink more than you would on a regular basis.
Today, almost every job requires the use of a computer or some sort of screen. Since you cannot avoid the long hours in front of a screen, it is best to give your eyes the care and protection they need. Be sure to visit an optometrist if you have any issues and for annual checkups.