October 4, 2010
Computer Eye Strain in the Work Place……..
With so many of us using computers at work, computer eye strain has become one of the major office-related optical health complaints. These problems can cause physical fatigue, decreased productivity and increased work errors. Here are some steps you can take to reduce computer eye strain.
1. Get a Computer Eye Exam: This is the most important thing you can do to prevent or treat computer vision problems. Computer users should have an eye exam before they start working on a computer and once a year thereafter.
2. Eye strain is often caused by excessively bright light either from outdoor sunlight coming in through a window or from harsh interior lighting.
3. Minimize glare. You may want to install an anti-glare screen on your monitor. If you wear glasses, have an anti-glare (AR) coating applied to your lenses. AR coating reduces glare by minimizing the amount of light reflecting off the front and back surfaces of your eyeglass lenses.
4. Consider computer eye wear. You may benefit from having customized eyeglasses for your computer work. This is especially true if you wear contact lenses, which may become dry and uncomfortable during sustained computer work.
Computer glasses are also a good choice if you wear bifocals or progressive lenses because these lenses are usually not optimal for that intermediary distance you need to your computer screen. If you believe you are experiencing computer eye strain, see your General Vision Services optometrist at a convenient location to your home or workplace and discuss your eyeglass options.
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