More than 50 percent of computer users experience eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision and other visual symptoms related to sustained use of the computer. This type of stress on the visual system can also cause body fatigue and reduced efficiency at work.
Many computer users experience visual stress due to: 1) an increase in the number and complexity of necessary eye movements and focusing skills, 2) poor lighting conditions, glare and distracting reflections, 3) screen flicker rate, and 4) above all, the extended amount of computer use.
The various syndromes are:
# Headaches while doing or following computer use
# Irritated and/or dry eyes
# Blurred vision
# Slow refocusing when looking from screen to distance objects
# Frequently losing place when moving eyes between copy and the screen
# Difficulty seeing clearly at a distance after prolonged computer use
# Occasional doubling of vision
# Changes in color perception
# Changes in glasses prescription
# Neck or shoulder tension and pain
# Back pain
# Pain in arms, wrists, or shoulders when working on the computer
# Lowered visual efficiency and more frequent errors
Now, how to reduce the strain via controlling the monitor?
1. The CRT refresh rate may be custom calibrated to reduce the flicker,
2.Configure your computer’s graphics settings for optimal visual comfort.
3. Font sizes may be adjusted for your comfort
4. A computer monitor be somewhere between 20 and 30 inches from your eyes
5. Minimizing reflections,
But, computer is not the only culprit!!!
Here are the ways to protect yourself from the harms:
1. Take a few minutes away from your computer, better yet your desk each hour.
2. If you can’t leave your desk, lean back, close your eyes and relax.
3. Segment auxiliary work tasks; use them to break up otherwise lengthy computer sessions.
4. Quickly revive yourself with a few easy stretches.
5. Overhead lighting and bright light emanating from behind your monitor are tough on the eyes. If you have the option, use table lamps off to either side of your work area. Your monitor throws its own light, so you really only need adequate indirect light around you.
6. If you are close to a sunny window, close or adjust the blinds so light does not fall directly onto your monitor.
7. Avoid working in a dark room. If you must work in near dark conditions, try dimming the brightness of your monitor screen. It will allow you to work reasonably comfortably for maybe an hour or so, but at some point your eyes will certainly feel the strain.
8. If you really mean to kick computer eye strain and want to properly light your home or office workspace, shop specifically for high-quality task lights that not only throw a measured degree and quality of light, but also reduce glare.
9. Natural plants in your workspace can increase humidity as well as control dust and other irritating particles.
10. Over the counter natural tear products are useful to relieve dry eyes, a main complaint among heavy computer users.
Thanks for taking your precious time reading…