Do you work at a computer screen or other monitor all day? As screens continue to find ways to come into our lives, workers are not only working at a computer, they are spending many evenings watching a screen. The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) notes that as screen use increase, the side effects from eyestrain are more common. Some of those side effects include blurred vision, headaches, dry eyes and frequent blinking.
If you find yourself rubbing your eyes, blinking repeatedly and looking away from your computer screen, you may be experiencing eyestrain. Safety and Health Magazine published some tips from AOA to prevent eyestrain, which includes:
- Ensure your working space is properly lit. This may mean closing blinds to prevent glare and avoiding fluorescent lights.
- To help diminish glare, place an anti-glare screen on your monitor and paint walls dark colors.
- Take regular rest breaks (every few hours for five minutes) to allow your eyes to relax.
- Position your monitor 20 to 26 inches away from your eyes.
- Ask your eye care provider about devices that might help, such as anti-reflective lenses or bifocal lenses.
- If the text size on your monitor is too small, adjust it until it is big enough to comfortably read. Generally, this means increasing the text size by about three times.
- If you are younger than 40, AOA recommends seeing an eye doctor at least every other year; people 40 and older should make annual appointments.
Just like other safety procedures, it is easier to practice prevention and safety compared to fixing a problem after it arises. Protect your eyes both on a construction job, with personal protection equipment, and at the computer. Stay safe.
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