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Most people spend a considerable amount of time on the computer each day. But they may not realize the effects that prolonged computer use can have on their eyes. Over time, a person’s vision care can become blurry, and their eyes may feel strained. It might be harder to focus clearly on the monitor. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to prevent or address eye strain due to computer use.

Adjust the lighting.

The monitor backlight can be decreased to reduce monitor glare. This is a simple adjustment that can be found in the computer’s settings. Another way to adjust lighting is to use a low watt lightbulb and a table lamp or floor lamp near the computer that can be easily moved as needed. Overhead lighting can also be lowered by using soft white light bulbs or lamps.

Take breaks.

When sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods of time, it is a good idea to get up and move around to help circulation and to give your eyes a break. Escaping from the screen periodically will help to ease the tension of continuous computer work. When you return to the computer, your eyes will be ready to resume their work.

Increase font size.

When working with documents or viewing images, computers will let you enlarge the screen with a quick tap of a key or your fingers on the monitor. This will adjust the screen image so that it is easier to see or read, and thus reduce eyestrain. You can also use a larger font for creating or editing documents, or using email and surfing the web.

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Wear readers.

Reading glasses are widely available at low cost at the drugstore or supermarket, and many convenience stores. Readers help with small print or low light, or when your eyes get tired. You can also request prescription reading glasses from an eye doctor if an eye exam confirms they are needed.

Use audio.

Whenever you can, use audio features on your computer or smartphone instead of composing at the keyboard. You can dictate emails into a phone or computer that has this feature. This will cut back on the amount of time you need to keep your eyes glued on a computer screen.

Visit an eye professional if you think your vision may have been affected by computer strain, but tips like these help to keep from overworking eyes during computer use. Vision is a precious gift, so protect your eyes when on the computer for long periods of time.


Dixie Somers is a freelance writer and blogger for business, home, and family niches. Dixie lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the proud mother of three beautiful girls and wife to a wonderful husband. Dixie recommends visiting a professional like Identity Opticalfor more information.

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