Nowadays, most office workers and many other workforces require to use computers for working. Having to work on computers for hours and hours, day in day out, can result in eye strain or injury. Over time, vision may become impaired, eye pain may be felt and ability to adapt to different light may also reduce. Thus, to protect your eyes from getting such symptoms, here are some tips that you can easily follow for your own eye care.
Let your eyes have a break. It is better to leave your seat and find a distant target to look at for about 10 seconds until your vision becomes at infinite focus and your eyes become relaxed. Alternately use the 20-20-20 rule; For every 20 minutes of looking at a digital screen, look at an object 20 feet (6.1 m) way for about 20 seconds. If 20 feet (6.1 m) away is not practical close your eyes for several seconds.
Move your eyes. If you have to sit in front of your computer for hours and do not have a chance to leave your seat, you can do some eye movement exercises as follows : Move your eyes around clockwise;Move your eyes from left to right, from top to bottom.Repeat it 3 times each for relaxing your eyes.
Breathe regularly. Help with accelerating blood flow. Because of too much focusing on staring at computer screen, your breath might slow down or become shallow. Hence, remind yourself of breathing regularly and fully for relaxing.
Put your computer on a low table, or use a portable computer so your eyes look down when you work. Looking downward means more of the eye surface is covered by the eyelid, and two other things happen: the eyes unconsciously blink more, and they produce more lubrication.
Have appropriate light. The ambient light at where you work should have moderate illumination that is helpful to your eyes. Remember that the computer screen already generates its own light that is enough for you to look. If you work in an office with conventional electro-optic lights, you may wish to use another small table lamp when using your computer.
Limit contact lens wear. If you are a contact lens wearer and your eyes have very little tears secreted and easily get dry, you may wish to consider wearing normal glasses instead of contact lenses. People who use computers for long period of time should consider regular (e.g. 6 months) eyesight check-ups with an optician.