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Reducing Eye-strain at home

  1. Adjust your workstation to suit your size and the way you function around the computer.
    This should include a good supportive chair that doesn't encumber your arms and elbows and is adjusted properly for your height. Your screen should be below the level of your eyes by several inches, slanted slightly upward towards you. Looking at the monitor should be like looking slightly down towards a book or page. If you are looking up at your monitor, the strain on your eyes, neck, head, shoulders and back will eventually cause physical damage.

    The contrast of the monitor is important and if the texts looks blurred or pale increase contrast to high and make sure that the text size and color is optimized for the most comfort. Also, remember to adjust the brightness of your computer screen by using the buttons on the monitor. The best and least stressful option is to closely match the brightness of the environment with that of your computer screen, so that the screen isn't too bright or too dull. One way to test this is by looking at the white background of the screen against the contrast of the text. If it looks like a light source, it's too bright; if it seems dull and gray, it may be too dark.

  2. Try to minimize the glare reflected off outside sources and onto the computer screen and onto the back side of your lenses.
    You may want to install an anti-glare screen on your monitor and, if possible, paint bright white walls a darker color with a matte finish. The amount of light reflected onto the computer monitor causes eye-strain and eventually headaches and other ailments that are utterly unnecessary.

    Glare on walls and finished surfaces, any metal, glass or mirrors in the room can increase the light a tenfold, especially uncovered windows. If you cant modify and unify the level of light in the room you're working in, then its recommended you use a computer hood.

  3. Remember to rest your eyes and blink often.
    Working hours on end at any single activity without taking a few minutes to rest is never healthy. Muscles must relax every once and a while so that they don't tense up and finally exhibit signs of exhaustion. The best way to relax the inner eye muscles is to stop your work every fifteen to thirty minutes and look away to an object far in the distance. If you're in an office or a room, stare out a window and try to focus for a few minutes on that object. Then relax your eyes by scanning your surroundings very casually.

    Another important tip, especially in light of the fact that people have a tendency to blink less often while at the computer, is to blink as often as you can. Blinking keeps your eyes moist and reduces irritants, coating the eyes against such excessively dry environments like air-conditioned offices. Every 30 minutes blink 10 times by closing your eyes as if falling asleep (very slowly). This will help rewet your eyes. If you are suffering from dry eyes, red eyes, teary eyes or anything other than normal, you should consult with an eye doctor about artificial tears or eye-drops that you can use during the day.

  4. Avoid bright light and use ambient light in your workstation, if you can arrange it.
    Blue fluorescent lights are the most difficult to work with, as are naked light bulbs or unfiltered sunlight. Reduce interior lighting by using fewer light bulbs or fluorescent tubes, or use lower intensity bulbs and tubes. If possible, position your monitor so that windows are to the side of it, instead of in front or back.

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