In our modern age we spend well over a thousand hours per year in front of some kind of screen in the average office-based role; some of us up to several hours per day! Nearly half of us complain of some sort of eye strain or worse, and so here are a few simple steps you can take to minimise the damage that can be occurring to our precious peepers.
- Lower the brightness
Every computer screen known to humankind has brightness and contrast controls. One major reason why your eyes get fatigued is due to the lack of contrast and excess brightness. Your eyes need to be able to distinguish between items, so increase the contrast. They also need to have less glare bombarding them, so turn down the brightness. It’s as simple as that!
- Monitor positioning
Make sure you’re not consistently staring up or down, but that your eyes are comfortably gazing into the monitor at eye-level especially if you’re wearing lenses.. It’s a bit like positioning your seat in a coffee shop or bar, so that you’re not having to unnaturally adjust your cranium to converse with someone who is significantly taller or shorter than you.
- Look away
There are numerous deadlines to meet, and so many e-mails to read and respond to. However, by forcing yourself to get up and walk away from the keyboard once every 20 or 30 minutes you’ll be giving your eyes muscles a much-needed rest. Drink more coffee or tea; decaf, if necessary. This will mean better health and more toilet breaks, which will help to bring about the same result.
Eye drops are an inexpensive way of refreshing your precious, irreplaceable eyes. When staring at a screen for long period of time, we blink about two-thirds less often, and so eyes can get dry, dust particles not being regularly and naturally washed away. We don’t think twice about applying skin moisturizer or hand-cream, even drinking more fluids; we should start to treat our eyes with the same level of care and respect.
These are just a few tips for looking after our eyes. Sleeping well and exercising more are also excellent ways of maintaining good physical health, and the occasional massage and aromatherapy can work wonders. Carrots are also well-known to help eyes, due to their high concentration of vitamin A. Milk, cheese, egg yolk and liver also have eye-friendly properties.