How to Prevent Eye Strain from Screens
- Posted on: Apr 15 2019
We all love our screens. It’s hard to imagine a day without looking at a smartphone, computer, or TV screen. Even our watches and books can have a screen. But all of that screen-staring can be hard on your eyes. If you’ve experienced headaches or other symptoms you think may be indicative of eye strain, we have some tips to alleviate this common experience.
Use proper lighting
Eye strain is commonly caused by excessively bright light coming either from outside sunlight or harsh interior lighting. A good rule of thumb is to keep ambient lighting about half as bright as you’d typically find in most offices. You can diffuse exterior light by closing drapes, shades, and blinds. You can minimize interior lighting by using fewer light bulbs or lower intensity bulbs.
Also, if possible, position your computer screen so windows are to the side, instead of in front or behind it.
Many people feel eye strain when working under overhead fluorescent lighting. If you have the option, try using floor lamps with “soft white” LED lighting instead.
Whenever possible, minimize the glare from your screen. Glare can be from light reflecting off walls, finished surfaces, or even your own eyeglasses. Consider installing an anti-glare screen on your display or even painting bright white walls a darker color with a matte finish.
If you wear glasses, you can purchase lenses with anti-reflective (AR) coating. This coating helps to reduce glare by minimizing the amount of light that reflects from the front and back of your lenses.
Adjust your computer display settings
Adjusting display settings can greatly reduce fatigue and eye strain. Even if you don’t experience strain yet, these adjustment tips can be helpful. Adjust the brightness so it’s about the same level as your surrounding workstation. If your screen looks like a light source, it’s too bright. If it’s dull and dark gray, it’s probably too dark.
Color temperature may also be a source of strain. Blue light is a short-wavelength visible light that tends to lead to strain versus longer wavelength hues like red and orange. Turning down the blue light in favor of warmer shades can help up the comfort level of your eyes.
Those are some simple tips to reducing eye strain. If you feel like these aren’t enough or perhaps you have a bigger vision-related issue, schedule an eye exam with us today by calling our Chardon office at (440) 286-1188 or our Mentor office at (440) 205-5840.
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