|Reduce computer eye strain through some simple exercises, computer adjustments and vitamins for your eyes. Almost all computer user have experienced computer eye fatigue which makes it so important to recognize the symptoms and to find ways to support your eye health.|
Computer eye fatigue happens to just about everyone who uses a computer - including me. I spend many hours at work on the computer and at home. When my eyes are burning, watering and feeling tired I know that I haven't been taking good care of my eyes.
Do you know why eyes start to sting after being on the computer for an extended period of time? It is usually from dryness. The surface of the eye drys out because we blink less when we are staring at the computer screen. Since we blink less often, the surface of the eye is not getting the lubrication that it needs.So one simple solution that Dr. Edward Kondrot, the author of Healing the Eye the Natural Way: Alternate Medicine and Macular Degeneration , suggests is slow and rapid blinking.
Here are some tips on how to reduce computer eye strain from Dr. Marc Grossman. He is a licensed optometrist and acupuncturist. Marc is an international lecturer on natural eye care, author of four books on vision and natural eye care, and practitioner since 1980.
Computer Monitor Position
The monitor should be slightly below eye level (do not be looking up at your monitor). Keep it 1.5 - 2 feet away.
Adjust the Brightness of your Monitor
Adjust the brightness to a level that is comfortable for your eyes. Not too bright or too dim.
Adjust the Contrast of your Monitor
Adjusting the contrast between the characters and the background so that it is crisp and clear and easier to read.
Use A Computer Screen Magnifier
Microsoft and Apple computers have Accessibility settings that allow users to magnify the font and computer screen. There are also several computer screen magnifiers. that can provide higher magnification when needed.
Place Papers In A Document Holder
Do not have your papers lying flat on your desk while looking back and forth. Use a document holder placed near your screen or buy one that attaches to your screen.
Take Frequent Eye Breaks
Look away from the computer. Use your distance vision and give your close up vision a break. Close your eyes for a few seconds to rest them as well. Many eye specialists recommend 20/20/20 - which is a simple way to remember that every 20" one should take 20 seconds to look at least 20 feet away while blinking at a quicker rate than normal.
Perform Eye Exercises
There are several eye exercises that help to reduce computer eye strain. For more info keep reading this article.
One exercise that I particularly like that is suggested by Dr. Mark Grossman from Natural Eye Care. It really helps my eyes to feel good. It is called Palming. Here is how it is done:
"The palming exercise will teach you to relax your eyes, which in turn will bring healthy energy to your eyes.
* First, rub your hands together until they feel warm (about 15 to 20 seconds). Then place your cupped hands over your closed eyes, being careful not to touch your eyes with the palms of your hands. The fingers of each hand should overlap and rest gently on the center of your forehead.
Don't create any unnecessary pressure on your face. If your arms get tired, rest your elbows on a table.
* Sit quietly for one to two minutes with your hands over your eyes. The more relaxed you become, the blacker the darkness you will see with your eyes closed.
Here is a video demonstrating how to do this exercise by Natural Eye Care: