Blink if you can read this

2010 September 11
by J Storlie

Back away from the computer slowly. When your eyes are burning and your vision is blurry and you know you’ve been working too hard, you’re suffering from eyestrain. Eyestrain is something that a lot of people who spend long hours working on their computer find themselves suffering from.

Reduce Eye Strain

Eye Drops

By using an over the counter eye drop you will be able to stop your eyes from burning, feeling itchy and dry. It only takes a few drops in each eye throughout the day in order to keep your eyes well lubricated.

The Blinking Cure

The reason your eyes dry out is because you’re blinking less often, focusing on the screen. If you’re one of the many people who don’t like using eye drops, you may want to know that there is natural remedy for dry eyes. Just blink more often. Experts say that whenever you are using a computer, or focusing on something for a long time, you blink five times less than normal. Every time you blink, your eyeballs get a fresh coat of eyestrain-preventing lubrication. It’s the very lack of that moisture that makes eyestrain hurt.

Remodel Your Office

It may be time to consider remodeling your office. If you decide to do this, there are some things that you should keep in mind. First of all, if you’re facing a sunny window, you should move your desk to reduce the amount of glare your eyes have to deal with. Secondly, look for an ergonomically friendly keyboard that will help you to have better posture. Third and finally, make sure that your monitor is at the right level for your eyes. This may mean that you will need to move it back a few inches to help your eyes focus better and easier.

Flourescent lighting flickers at a very high rate and can cause eyestrain faster than other kinds of lighting. Consider changing the light bulbs in your office to something more comfortable, like a full-spectrum bulb.

Talk To Your Eye Doctor

Make sure that you see your eye doctor at least every two years for a check up. While there, you should talk to him about his suggestions for eyestrain. You may even find that your eyestrain is due to the need for eyeglasses. Be sure to report any headaches, double vision, trouble refocusing from the computer to other things, images that stay imprinted for a while, increased sensitivity to light and any sign of “auras” or glowing trails of light around white objects.

Rest Your Eyes

One of the easiest things that you can do is rest and relax your eyes. Give them opportunities to focus on other things throughout the day. The ideal situation would be to take a 15 second break every 15 minutes or a 5-minute break every hour. Simply allow your eyes to focus on something further away from you than your computer.

Zoom In

Headache from Eye Strain

Headache from Eye Strain

Depending upon your operating system, you can zoom in on everything on your screen. Hold down the control key and press the plus sigh (Ctrl+) to zoom. To come back out again, use the minus key in the same way (Ctrl-)

Eyestrain usually isn’t a big deal. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Eyestrain doesn’t have serious or long-term consequences, but it can be disruptive and unpleasant. It can make you tired and reduce your ability to concentrate. In some cases, it may take days for all eyestrain symptoms to go away after you’ve taken steps to change your activities or environment or treated any underlying cause.”

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