You’ve probably had a headache from sitting and staring at a computer screen too long. Especially with contacts lens, you know that dry blinking feeling that comes after a couple hours at a desktop. There’s actually a name for this – computer vision syndrome (CVS). Contact and glasses wearers generally report more issues than non-wearers. Either way, there are a few things you can do to avoid issues.
- See your eye care specialist regularly: Out-of-date prescription can be to blame for computer eye strain. (Consult a LASIK specialist to determine if LASIK or another similar procedure could get you the vision you desire.)
- Square up to your computer: The screen should be about an arm’s length away and positioned in front of you. Don’t turn to one side to see your screen – your monitor should be about 4 inches below your line of vision so your gaze is slightly down.
- Use good posture: Sitting or standing requires some intention. Roll your shoulder back and down to reduce strain for your neck, shoulders and back.
- Take a break: Staring and glaring isn’t nice in a social setting and it’s probably not good for your computer work either. A break every 15 mins for a quick stretch is recommended.
- Blink: No matter what amount of time you’re spending looking at a screen remember to be good to your eyes and blink. On average, when we’re awake, people blink 25 a minute. Blinking keeps your eye clean by using natural tears. It’s an automatic reflex, but when you’re deep in thought it’s good to give an additional and intentional blink to give the eyes a rest.
Five tips don’t make up a comprehensive list, but a couple more things to consider are lighting and computer glare. Some people find that computer glasses help and cleaning the screen of your computer can freshen up your space from dust while giving your eyes a more clear sharper image for your eyes to focus.
If you have questions about computer-eye strain call 404-778-2020.
If you’re thinking about tossing those contacts for options in LASIK, contact 404-778-2SEE.
About Dr. Randleman
J. Bradley Randleman, MD, is a widely respected cornea specialist whose areas of expertise include: cataract and refractive cataract surgery with premium IOL implantation, LASIK and other corneal and intraocular refractive surgical procedures, the management of keratoconus, corneal diseases, and corneal transplantation. His primary research interests include the diagnosis, prevention, and management of refractive surgical complications and corneal cross-linking.
Dr. Randleman joined the Emory Eye Center faculty in 2004 and served as assistant residency director for two years while also completing a fellowship at Emory University in cornea/external disease and refractive surgery. He serves as service director for the section of Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery.