Working on both your mental and physical health has become increasingly prevalent in the last few years. People who work from home seek to find this balance as they are never too far from their computers. However, staring at a screen all day isn’t just tiresome; it can also impact your vision. If you are wondering how to take care of your eyes as a computer user, here is a list of suggestions.

Improve Your Lighting

Strong lighting from above and behind your screen can create undue stress on your eyes when you are trying to work. Avoid putting your computer directly in front of a window, turn off overhead lighting and instead invest in a desk lamp with a soft light emitting bulb for a bit of added brightness.

Adjust Your Monitor And Screen

Although you can’t do much about staring at your computer all day, you can make slight changes to your monitor to help with eye strain. Properly position it about an arm’s length away from you, so you don’t have to crane your neck or squint your eyes to see. Adjust the font size so it is easily readable, and check your computer settings to see if your screen has some kind of “night” function that will emit warmer tones.

Practice The 20-20-20 Rule

While you might feel like staring at your cellphone instead of your computer gives your eyes a rest, it’s not the one they need. The 20-20-20 rule is as follows: every 20 minutes, you should look at something that is 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. This will give your peepers a much-needed break.

Use Blue Light Glasses

These types of lenses are the best eye protection glasses for computer users. They are designed to block out blue light emitted from screens, helping with optic strain and fatigue by translating cooler colours into warmer ones. The contrast makes it easier to focus and can be more pleasant to look at.

At Laurier Optical, we are passionate about our customers’ eye health. We offer blue light glasses and custom lenses that can help with the strain caused by screens. Wondering how to take care of your eyes as a computer user? Contact us to book an appointment.

Article has been reviewed by an Optometrist.