Eye strain is a combination of vision problems noticed during and after working long hours on the computer. Nowadays the computer users are facing visual inefficiencies and eye related problems. The symptoms occur whenever the visual demands of the task exceed the visual abilities of the individual. The most common problems faced by computer users are eye strain/eye tiredness, headaches, blurred vision, dry/ irritated eyes, burning sensation, neck, backaches, high light sensitivity, and double vision. In order to control those problems, here we are discussing about the tips for computer users.
Breaks are important
Make a habit of taking short, frequent breaks rather than longer less frequent breaks. At least try to take breaks about 2-3 minutes for every 15-20 minutes, 5 minutes for every 30 minutes, or 10 minutes for every hour as a schedule. Also make a habit of walking for a while during lunch hours for refreshment.
Splash water on your face
During breaks, sprinkle water on your face while closing your eyes. This gives an overall relaxing effect and helps you feel refreshed.
Use tea bags
Dip a green tea bag in cold water or in a fridge for some time and place it on eyes and relax. This will prevent the formation of wrinkles and will boost the generation of new cells around the eyes. Green tea is a wonderful repairing agent. This not only soothes tired eyes, but also reduces puffiness.
When a person is dehydrated, especially in an air-conditioned office, the body starts storing water as a defense mechanism. So drink plenty of water which helps in reducing puffiness around the eyes and gives relaxation.
Eat healthy diet
Eat vitamins that are rich in A, C, and E with a B complex and zinc food items on a daily basis, eat citrus fruits, dairy products, green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, spinach and poultry. Make a habit of carrying a box of chopped carrots, cucumber, and fresh fruits. Have it in meanwhile. This reliefs from stress and gives refreshment.
Ideally, a person who uses lenses should wear it for not more than 10-12 hours a day. By wearing this lens for a long time before a computer also strains the eyes so much. So avoid it when you relax.
Eye exercises and massage or acupressure points, are done for every hour that you spend on your computer, are very relaxing and helpful.
Do not forget to blink periodically. Staring at computer screens can dry our eyes and cause redness and irritation.
Use proper posture
Check the monitor screen is at least 50-60 cms far away while using computer. This allows complete blinking thereby reducing symptoms of dryness and eye fatigue. Also blink eyes and that gives rest to the eyes at intervals. Sit in an erect position rather than leaning position. Make sure of taking a break for every 30-60 minutes. At least make a habit of seeing other objects for 3-5 minutes as an interval. Preferably use a desk lamp. Use a wrist support pad if needed.
Keep your monitor bright
Brightness on monitor avoids us from feeling stressed and fatigue so early. This also reduces the flicker rate of the computer. Over flickering may lead to eyestrain and headaches.
Check your monitor’s position
The position of the computer monitor also causes eyestrain. Make sure that it should be placed at the proper distance away from your eyes. The screen should be about 4-5 inches below eye level. It has to be checked from the center of the screen.
Check whether the monitor is clean and free of dust. Install an antiglare screen. This helps to keep the shades drawn to prevent glare from outside sources so that the eyes cannot easily undergo fatigue.
Try a massage or eye cupping
Massage the area around the eyes that will provide relaxation to the muscles and feel comfort. Rub your hands together to create friction and warmth, then gently cup your palms over your closed eyes and rest them.
These tips can be used easily and conveniently at home and office. This prevents stress, and vision problems. So, friends, check it and save it if you need and these can be easily followed too.