5 Important Tips to Reduce Computer Vision Syndrome

In the video below, Senior Associate Editor at CNET Sharon Vaknin gives 5 important tips to reduce digital eye strain or computer vision syndrome.

Here is an edited transcript of what she said in the video:

If sitting in front of computer all day is making your eyes burn, your neck ache and your vision blurry, you might have a common problem – eyestrain or computer vision syndrome.

So I will give you five tips that will hopefully make it all go away.

1. Adjust Your Monitor

Sometimes a simple tweak to your monitor set up will do the trick. Your monitor should be 20-30 inches away from your eyes. If it’s too far or too close, adjust accordingly. Also the top of your monitor should be at your eye level. So you need to adjust your monitor to a comfortable height.

2. Tweak the Ambient Lighting

There is a chance that your eyestrain is caused by too much artificial or natural light. So if you can, switch off any harsh fluorescent light. Instead, use a floor lamp or a desk lamp and position it so that it is giving off indirect light on either side of your computer.

3. Follow 20-20-20 Rule

One simple way to offset long hours at the computer is to use the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, you find an object 20 feet away and stare at it for 20 seconds.

If you need reminders, consider BreakTaker for PC or Time Out of Mac.

4. Computer Glasses

In an office or even at home, you might have a lot of light around your desk, natural light coming from a window and worst of all, the backlight of your monitor. All of these are very harsh on our eyes and cause fatigue. So, one solution is Gunnars glasses. They are tinted yellow to offset the blue light that your monitor produces.

5. The Right Setup

If your monitor, keyboard and reading materials are not placed on the table properly, you are forcing your eyes to constantly readjust to those various distances which causes eye fatigue and headaches and so on and so forth. Instead, your keyboard should be just in front of your computer screen and your reading materials should be adjacent to them. An easy way to do this is to use something called a copy holder which holds your paper while you type.

With all these tips, hopefully you will see a lot less stress on your eyes but if are still suffering, I’ll suggest you get an eye exam. You might find that all you need is a pair of reading glasses.

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