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How to avoid computer vision syndrome

  • September 10, 2019
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Unfortunately or fortunately we are in professions where we have to use computers all day. Prolonged computer use can result in eye strain and conditions like dry eye. Here are some simple methods to avoid computer vision syndrome.

Ensure right computer screen: Keep your computer screen clean, maintain a distance of 20 – 25 inches from the screen, slightly tilt the screen downwards, use anti-glare film if required, adjust screen brightness and work in a well-lit room. 

Ergonomics are important: Use a chair with back support. Your back should be straight while you work on the computer, the keyboard should be at the level of armrest, the screen should be at eye level and use eyeglasses if you have vision issues.

Take care of your eyes: Use a humidifier if you sit in a dry environment as dry air can cause dry eye. Use a warm compress to soothe eyes and use artificial tears in case of dry eye.

20-20 rule: Every 20 min, look 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. This helps to relieve your eye strain. 

Keep a watch on blinking: it is very important to frequently blink while using the screen. When we are absorbed in some work, we tend to forget to blink, which can damage the surface of the eye.

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Disclaimer: Don't follow any suggestions in this article without consulting a qualified doctor

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