Our eyes are underrated. Each day they travel at blistering speeds back and forth in an effort to grant us vivid images of the world.
If you are like many people, you ask your eyes to stare at a computer monitor for hours on end at your office desk. Then you likely go home and plop down in front of your home computer and once again ask those eyes to show you personal e-mails, websites and the occasional video game.
They may not always let you know, but chances are your eyes are suffering eyestrain. You may notice from time to time that you feel a need to rub your eyes that things look a little blurry, they are a little itchy, or perhaps, you feel an urge to blink or tear up. That is eyestrain.
Now it is time to pay your eyes back with a little courtesy.
Sometimes taking a few moments to look away from the work your eyes are concentrating on is enough to relax them and make the irritation disappear. Stare out a window and enjoy a different view.
It is like a work break for your eyes, and you should take them every 30 minutes or so.
Minor adjustments of your computer monitor can go a long way to reducing the instances of eyestrain.
First, start with the placement of the monitor at your workstation.
The American Optometrist Association recommends setting the monitor 16 inches to 30 inches from your eyes. You will have to make adjustments for how large of a monitor screen you own and any vision problems you already have.
The average person seems to do better with the monitor about 20 inches to 26 inches from their face.
You should not have to crane your neck or shift your comfortable viewing range to see the monitor.
When you are sitting upright in your office chair, the top of the monitor should be just below your eye level. If you set the monitor back the recommended 24 inches, the top of the screen should be four inches to six inches below your eye level to get the correct angle.
Look around the room. Is there a glare on your monitor because of light coming in from a nearby window, or from a lamp? Perhaps there is a reflection that is showing up in the middle of your screen.
Try to remove these interferences, they are causing your eyes to work harder to adjust and read what is on the monitor. If you cannot remove the glare in your office space, there are anti-glare screens available for monitors that may help. If that is not an option, you can wear tinted anti-glare glasses.
According to H and L Office Furniture, slight changes with the monitor settings can make your eyes much happier.
Start with the brightness setting. Adjust the intensity until it is comfortable to your eyes. It may take a few rounds of adjustment before you know if you have gotten it right.
The other setting on the monitor is the contrast setting. It adjusts the relationship between the characters on the screen and the background. A minor adjustment of this setting can make letters easier to read, and save your eyes a lot of strain and pain.
These small setting changes can make a large difference in the strain on your eyes throughout the workday.