A very large part of the human population uses computers as an important part of their day to day work. If you are one of these people, then odds are that you have dry, itchy, and tired eyes due to your work. Working in front of a computer each day can harm your eyes to a large degree. Almost 90% of people who work with computers have complaints of discomfort in their eyes, and if it gets too severe, your work is bound to suffer. Here are some habits that you should inculcate to best maintain eye health, without allowing your work productivity to suffer.

Adjust Your Workplace

Your workstation is where you spend most of your day, and so it must be maintained in such a way so as to reduce the strain on your eyes and body as much as possible. The area should be well-lit, your chair and computer screen should be positioned to give you a comfortable posture, and if possible, the objects around you should be of darker shades to reduce glare.

Think About Using Specialized Computer Eyewear

If you wear glasses or contact lenses, now is the time to visit your local optician, and upgrade to customized computer glasses. Go for tinted or photo-chromatic eyewear that greatly reduces exposure to the harmful light waves that are emitted from computer screens.

Work on Eye Exercises

When you are on a computer, your eyes are stuck at a fixed position for long periods of time, which weaken and put a strain on them. To reduce the impact of this strain, look away from the screen at least after every 15 minutes to view other objects at different distances for a few seconds at a time. This and other exercises, reduce fatigue and make it easier to work for a longer period of time.

Work in Proper Lighting

Make sure that the ambient light in your workspace is neither too bright nor too dim. Adjust the brightness to a suitable level by the addition of blinds, to reduce exterior light or changing, or changing the bulbs and tubes to an appropriate wattage. Try to position your computer screen, in such as way that the light does not directly hit your eyes.

Annual Eye Exams

Although most people do not bother with this. Getting an eye checkup at least once a year is the easiest way to maintain eye health, and preventing any serious threats. Make sure you tell your doctor about the amount of time you spend in front of the screen, how you position your computer, etc.

Upgrade the Computer Monitor or Optimize Display Settings

Always opt for LED or LCD screens that have an anti-reflective surface. The monitor should large, provide high resolution, and fast refresh rates. In addition to this, adjust your screens brightness, contrast, and text size so that it is comfortable to your eyes for longer periods of time. If your computer gives you the option, adjust the color temperature so that blue light is reduced as much as possible without compromising on visual quality.

Blink Often and Take Regular Breaks

People tend to reduce the number of times they blink when they are staring at a computer monitor. This causes your eyes to dry out and get irritated, increasing the risk of more serious issues. Make sure that you consciously blink slowly 20 times after every half hour of computer usage. This works to re-moisten your eyes. Alternatively, you can get specialized eye drops that are made to wet your eyes. For the same reason, it is important that one takes at least a 5-minute break after every hour of work on computers.

If working at a computer terminal seems to be causing you more trouble than usual, visit Atharva Netralaya, and consult with our specialists, to take corrective action before your eyes are affected irreversibly. Take Care.