Many of us are working from home, online in front of a screen for a long time. Everything changed with Covid, but with every change, our way of living should change too.
When exposed to long screen sessions, your eyes can dry out, and get more and more tired. It can be called a computer eye strain. It’s an uncomfortable feeling your eyes get all itchy and dizzy in the middle of your essay.
So here are some ways to prevent that while keeping your job/studies organized and always on time:
Routine eye exams:
Eye exams now and then come in handy when protecting your eyes from “computer eye strain”. So go ahead schedule that appointment AND get your eyes checked asap.
Eliminate exterior light by closing drapes, shades, or blinds. Reduce interior lighting by using fewer light bulbs or fluorescent tubes, or use lower intensity bulbs and tubes. Also, if possible, position your computer screen so windows are to the side, instead of in front or behind it.
Glare from light reflecting off walls and finished surfaces, as well as reflections on your computer screen also can cause computer eye strain. Consider installing an anti-glare screen on your display and, if possible, paint bright white walls a darker color with a matte finish.
Take small breaks:
I know life is busy, and work should be done by the end of the day and stuff, but your eyes are dying. Just try to take small breaks and close them off, or go to the kitchen to make yourself a sandwich while staring at the window, green plants, and resting your eyes. You can even meditate!
Blinking your eyes is important because it helps your eye to clean anything on its surface. And it keeps it moist. And avoid drying out and falling into the trap of itching and non-comfort.
Consider computer glasses.
For your best comfort at your computer, you might benefit from having your eye doctor modify your eyeglasses prescription to create customized computer glasses. (if you wear glasses like me).