Problems With Eyes At Computer? There’s a Solution!

by admin on 16/06/2009

It can be awful, and it may feel like your eyes are going bad on you. What is being spoken of is the tired, weak and heavy feeling computer usage has on some eyes!


Let’s all face the hard fact that gone are the pencil and paper days.  As a matter of fact, when was the last time that you sharpened a pencil or used actual notebook paper?  Exactly.  Most of the time, the computer or blackberry is your pencil, paper and route into and out of work.

So what do you do when your eyes are going through something terrible due to the continuous computer work at the office and at home?  Surprisingly, there are a couple of things that could reduce the eye fatigue and strain that may come about from computer glare and overall tired eyes.

First, one can opt to get rid of all the glare on your computer screen.  This can be done by using something called a glare filter on the screen or by purchasing anti-reflective lenses inside your eyewear.  The absolute best is one with Scotchguard as it is easy to clean and barely leaves any fingerprints.  On top of that, anti-reflective lenses allow one to see better as more light is able to enter into the eye and not be reflected away.  Because this type lens allows one to see better, it reduces eye fatigue, strain and glare, thus, making for a more productive work day.

More simple things that one can do to reduce the irritation while at the computer are to dim the lights in the area or even reduce the light on the computer screen making it a little darker.  Another thing is not to position the computer monitor directly in front of you.  Instead, move it over a little so that it is to the right or left, but not so far that it is uncomfortable.  One more thing, get some shut eye time at while sitting in front of the computer.  No, that doesn’t mean go to sleep, however, it does mean rest your eyes.

Remember…your eyes are worth the royal treatment.  Don’t forget that if none of these minor adjustments work, see your eye doctor as a slight change in prescription(Rx) may be needed.

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Michael Edson, MS, L.Ac. June 17, 2009 at 06:54

Along with proper ergonomics, taking regular breaks from the computer to do eye exercises can help prevent or reduce the effects of computer eye strain.

Our eyes and vision were designed for viewing distance as hunters and gatherers, and not for ongoing near work as required by regular computer use. As a result, Computer Eye Strain is becoming one of the major eye complaints heard by eye doctors today.

Symptoms can include increased myopia, blurred vision, headaches, slow refocusing, difficulty concentrating, neck, shoulder and back pain

Eye strain can be reduced significantly by taking regular breaks from the computer, resting your eyes, stretching and doing eye exercises.

For a demo of 3 great eye exercises by Dr. Grossman, one of the Country’s leading behavioral optometrists, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W10j2fL0hy0

Dr. Grossman also offers his free eye exercise booklet at his website at Natural Eye Care Free Eye Exercises with his 11 favorite eye exercises and acupressure eye points to massage regularly.

Finally, there is also an excellent section at his website on “Computer Eye Strain” under “Eye Diseases” that provides a Computer Eye Strain “Self-Help“ section with great tips of relieving eyestrain due to computer use.

Also, a few research studies show that supplementing with 6mg per day of astaxanthin per day significantly improved eye strain at week 2 and 4 of the test period.

For more information, go to Natural Eye Care for Computer Eye Strain

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