How to Reduce Eye Strain from Computers.

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How to Reduce Eye Strain from Computers

Did you know that sitting too close to your computer screen is aging you?

Your Computer is aging you!

Straining and squinting your eyes to see the computer screen causes fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.  And even worse, it may be effecting your health.  These days, we are spending hours of our day staring at computer screens, pads and phones and it can put a real strain on our eyes.

The problem has become so widespread, there is actually an official name for the condition.  Computer Vision Syndrome, also known as Digital Eye Strain, describes a group of eye and vision related problems that result from prolonged computer, tablet, e-reader and cell phone use.

Computer Vision Syndrome/Digital Eye Strain Symptoms

  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Double vision
  • Dry eye
  • Eye discomfort
  • Eye fatigue
  • Itchy Eyes
  • Eye redness
  • Excessive Tearing of the Eyes
  • Headaches
  • Neck and shoulder pain

How to Reduce Eye Strain from Computers

Here are a few tips that help to reduce the digital strain on your eyes:

  1. Always sit 1 1/2 to 2 feet away from the screen — whichever is comfortable for your vision.
  2. Keep your neck straight.This helps to maintain good posture and decrease horizontal lines on the neck
  3. Take a break every hour in order to readjust your posture and stretch.
  4. To reduce your risk of straining your eyes by constantly focusing on your screen, use the 20/20:20 rule.  Look away from your computer every 20 minutes and focus on an object at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.
  5. Adjust your screen settings. Enlarge the font for easier reading and adjust the contrast and brightness to a level that is comfortable for you.
  6. Blink often to refresh your eyes. People blink less often when working on a digital device.This contributes to eye strain and dry eyes. To keep eyes moist,try to blink more often when looking at a computer monitor.
  7. Minimize glare from the light sources in the room.
  8. Invest in a pair of Amber Eyeglasses. Amber glasses that block blue light are meant to reduce tiredness and eye strain after long periods of computer use and are a great solution to eye issues caused by screen fatigue.
Amber glasses and readers block blue light to reduce digital eye strain.

I’ve been using my Amber reading glasses that I purchased a couple of years ago and they have made a huge difference in the strain on my eyes. 

I used to get headaches, neck and shoulder pain daily after hours of screen time.  After a few weeks of wearing the glasses, all of my symptoms went away.  I will never again be without my Amber glasses!

I hope you found this information helpful and as always, I would love to hear from you.  Please leave a comment below!

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