Focusing on Computer Vision

After a full day of reading or staring at the computer screen, it’s likely your eyes are feeling strained. Many of us spend a large portion of our days looking at various screens – computer, smartphone or the television. Just as important as a comfortable office chair is having an office setup that puts as little strain as possible on your vision. This article from AllAboutVision.com offers 10 tips for minimizing computer vision syndrome. One of the most important is having a regular eye exam. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health recommends having an eye exam before starting a job that requires a lot of computer use and then again each year. Also, make sure you give your eyes a break. Take some time to step away from the screen and stretch your legs. Exercise your eyes during the day so you’re giving some eye muscles a break and using the ones that aren’t working as hard. One of the tips in this article suggests the 20-20-20 exercise: look away from your computer every 20 minutes, gaze at an object at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Looking at something far away relaxes the muscles that have been focused on the computer screen. Do you spend most of your day at the computer? How do you reduce eye fatigue?

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