For most of us, computers and screen time are a part of our daily life. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA) surveys show that the most frequent complaints from computer users is vision related. There are several ergonomic solutions that may help prevent the onset or severity of Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS).
- Monitor distance: The computer screen should be 20 to 28 inches from the eyes.
- Monitor position: The computer screen should be directly in front of you and 15 to 20 degrees below eye level
- Glare protection: Consider using a screen glare filter, blue light or anti-glare lens to minimize glare from windows or lights.
- Lighting: Use bright lights with a large lighted area when working
- Take a break: Try the 20/20/20 rule to avoid eyestrain during long periods of computer use. Every 20 minutes on the computer, look 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
- Blink: Sounds silly but we blink less when we are on the computer and this increases dry, itchy, burning eyes.
Following these simple techniques can not only relieve strain, but strengthen your eyes and reduce the possibility of vision loss over time.