Computer Jobs: How to Protect Your Eyes

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If you spend a lot of time working on a computer, you’ve probably already experienced some of the uncomfortable effects the screen can have on your eyes. Eye strain can cause a number of problems, including dryness, blurred vision, and headaches. Here are 4 measures we recommend to protect your eyes while you work.

Adjust Screen Brightness

Your screen shouldn’t be too bright or too dim. It’s typically best to aim for a brightness that matches your surroundings, provided you are in a well-lit (but not too bright) environment.

Fight the Blue Light

Computer screens typically put out blue light, which is harder on your eyes than other colors of light. You can reduce blue light by adjusting the color temperature on your computer. Many people also find success in screen filters or computer glasses.

Make Text Bigger

Even if you can easily read text, small letters may be causing eye strain. If you will be reading or typing a document for a long period of time, consider making the words bigger and adjusting the font and background to be as readable as possible. When you can, print out documents to read.

Blink More

This may seem like something you shouldn’t have to think about, but most people blink a lot less when they are locked onto a screen. Less blinking means less moisture on your eyes, which causes some serious dryness. You may want to also take brief visual breaks where you look into the distance and focus on your blinking.

Though eye strain typically isn’t too serious or long-lasting, it can definitely affect your quality of life, leaving you more fatigued and uncomfortable on days when you spend hours on a computer. The implementation of even one of the suggested measures could have a significant impact on the health and happiness of your eyes.

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