Minimize glare: If you wear glasses, it is best to invest in an anti-reflective lens. Alternatively, you can even install an anti-reflection(AR) coating on your computer screen to cut down on the reflection due to walls and shiny surfaces in the office.
Always Follow the 20-20-20 rule: This is one of the commonly recommended rules by ophthalmologists to reduce eye strain and prevent CVS. As per the rule, you need to take a 20-second break every 20 minutes and look away 20 feet away from your computer. By doing so, it not only prevents straining of the eyes but also causes the eye muscles used for focusing to stretch, leading to healthy eyes.
Take frequent breaks: The next one is to avoid working for long hours at a stretch staring your computer screen. After every 30 minutes or an hour, close your eyes for 20 seconds. This lowers the pressure on the eyes caused due to constant staring on the screen and improves the function of the eye muscles, an effect similar to that of ‘Rule 20’.
Use proper lighting while working: Put shades and drapes on windows to avoid bright light coming from outside, when you are working on a computer. This will reduce the added pressure on the eyes, thus lowering the risk of CVS. In addition to this, also adjust the brightness of your computer screen. The best way to do so is to closely match the brightness of the surrounding with that of your computer screen.
Try some eye-relaxing exercises: Certain exercises of the eye can help ease the pressure on the eyes and thus, alleviate computer-related vision problems. There are some simple techniques to alleviate computer eye strain. Some of them are:
Some other tips-
– Gently massage your eyelids daily. It will improve blood circulation to the eyes, relax the eye muscles and it will also stimulate the tear glands, which will help prevent dry eyes.
– Close your eyes and try to rotate your eyeballs in the clockwise and anticlockwise direction every two hours. Do it three times before you get back to work.
– Rub your palms for few seconds and cover your eyes with your warm palm for a minute. Known as palming, this technique helps relieve the eye strain.
– Slowly bring the object closer to your eyes, as long as you can focus on it clearly. Then move the object farther from your vision. This technique is known as focusing. Repeat 10 to 15 times. This will improve blood circulation to the eyes, make the eye muscles more flexible, and improve focus and concentration.