Spending endless hours in front of the computer is a call of the current times. We get so engrossed in what we are doing that we tend to forget how long we’ve been staring at the computer. What does that mean for our eyes? Let’s put that in perspective – one can always get another job but not another pair of precious eyes!
Staring at the computer screen can adversely affect our eyes. Studies have shown that continuous use of the computer can cause eye strain, symptoms of which include colour fringes and difficulty in re-focusing as well as watery, dry, itchy, sore, and tired eyes. It may also cause burning of the eyes and/or blurred vision.In fact, there is also a medical term for it: computer vision syndrome, that has made its way into medical textbooks.So, what can you do to ease the strain on the eyes – lets go over several precautions you can and should take.
- Check the computer screen for glare. Adjust lighting in the room including any lamps and reposition any reflective mirrors. Tweak the position of the computer so that there is no to minimal glare from the window.
- Lower the computer screen, so that the screen is at eye level.
- Keep the keyboard in front of the monitor.This prevents viewing the screen from an eye-tiring level.
- Keep a distance of 20” – 28” (about an arm’s length) from the computer screen.
- Take five minute breaks every hour by looking away from the computer and off into the distance. This will not only help you relax, but will also re-energize you. Keep a watch or a timepiece in a prominent position close-by to remind you of the very important and much needed short breaks.
- Rest your eyes for brief periods by simply closing your eyes
- Blink more often.This helps keep the eyes moist,naturally.
- Take cold showers. This helps accelerate blood circulation and improves eye movement.
- Don’t compound the problem by excessive tweeting and/or messaging.
Our eyes are the most complex part of the body apart from the human brain.Composed of more than two million essential parts, they are capable of processing almost 40,000 pieces of visual information every 60 minutes. Eyes are often the stimulants of most of the responsive/reactive actions of our body.Given the fact that most of our bodily functions actually originate from information received and perceived by the eyes and the corresponding signals they send, it is absolutely essential that they are protected at all times.