Computers are now an essential part of our daily lives, whether it be for creating important documents at work or keeping up with the latest updates on social media.
However, staring at computer monitors for extended periods of time can lead to eye strain and exacerbate other vision-related problems – including headaches, increased sensitivity to light and double vision.
With this in mind, the team at Specsavers in Bitterne has put together its top five tips to help you protect your eyesight while using your computer.
Change your monitor settings
Adjust the brightness on your computer monitor to match your surroundings and change the text size and contrast to make it comfortable to read. Adjusting the monitor’s colour temperature and reducing the amount of blue light on your screen can also help to reduce eye strain and fatigue.
Use adequate lighting
Excessive brightness from sunlight and room lights can often put stress on your eyes while using computers. Where possible, use curtains and blinds, dim room lighting and avoid overhead fluorescent lighting to help reduce brightness.
Take frequent screen breaks
Having regular breaks away from your computer monitor will help to relax the focusing muscles inside the eye and reduce fatigue. Take a few minutes to walk around and stretch your muscles and try to look out a window and focus on distant objects.
Wear lenses specifically for computers
Contact lenses can become dry and uncomfortable during extended periods of computer use. For contact lens wearers, you may want to consider wearing glasses while using a computer as this will give you the greatest level of comfort.
Take an eye test
Having regular eye examinations is a great way of identifying and preventing computer-related eye problems. Under the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992, all employees using Visual Display Units (VDUs) are entitled to an eye examination, funded by their employer, when requested.
During your next eye test at Specsavers Bitterne, let your optometrist know how often you use your computer and how far away you sit from your monitor to help them with your examination.