3 Eye Health Tips for Heavy Computer Users
I don't know about you, but I (and everyone on the Dynadot team) spend a lot of time in front of a computer screen. We all know it can be taxing for our eyes, but it can be difficult to get away from, especially when you work in front of a computer 40+ hours per week. So, here are a few tips to keep your eyes healthy in this age of bright screens:
1. Use the 20-20-20 Rule
Your eyesight may not be 20-20, but it can be if you abide by the 20-20-20 rule! Well, okay, so this rule won't fix your bad vision, but it can help make sure it doesn't get worse. Basically the idea is that you need to take a 20 second break every 20 minutes to look at something that is at least 20 feet away. I know it can be hard to tear yourself away from your computer screen, but this rule gives you a reason to stare out the window even if it's only for 20 seconds. Also, I know it's hard to remember, so set some reminders so you don't forget!
2. Adjust Your Computer Monitor
I know you don't want to look like an old person, but if you're having trouble reading the text on your screen, you need to increase the size. This also, and especially, goes for those tiny smartphone screens we're always glued to - actually, my real recommendation is to avoid reading off of them so much in the first place (in addition to increasing the text size). If you find yourself reading off of your smartphone a lot, consider getting a tablet.
You should be able to comfortably see your monitor. It shouldn't be too high; the top should be about level with your eyes, so you are looking slightly down, not up. If you need to raise your monitor, you can always buy a stand for it or put a few books under it. If your monitor is too low try adjusting your chair down.
The brightness of your monitor should roughly match the brightness of the room you're in. That said, you should also pay attention to the room's lighting. Good room lighting can make a big difference to your eye health. Having lights that are too bright can cause eye strain - especially when paired with a bright computer screen!
3. Consider Computer Glasses
Computer glasses are for exactly what their name suggests: use in front of the computer! They are designed specifically to reduce eye strain for people who spend a lot of time in front of a computer screen. They can reduce glare, increase clarity, and warm your view. Depending on the glasses you choose, they can even reduce the amount of dry air that reaches your eyes. The result of this is an increase in blink rate, which normally decreases when viewing a computer screen and is a contributor to eye strain. Check out Gunnar for the latest in computer eyewear, gaming eyewear, and for those of you who already wear glasses, prescription eyewear.
Hopefully this will help you reduce your eye strain and better the health of your eyes. The eyes are sometimes overlooked, but are a very important part of your overall health. Also, one last tip - always wear sunglasses with UV protection. It may not seem like it, but your eyes can get damaged from the sun just like your skin.
This post was written by Robyn Norgan, who used to work in the eye care industry and learned way more than she ever wanted to know about the many things that can go wrong with your eyes! Seriously, take good care of them and don't google image search eye diseases!