Vision and computers

By the end of the working day, are your eyes constantly tired and irritated? Eye strain is a common problem associated with excessive close-up work on a computer. High stress can also affect the rest of the body, causing headaches and neck pain. Here are some simple tips to relax your eyes and make working and reading on your computer more enjoyable.

  • Make sure the sun coming through the window does not fall directly onto the computer screen, as the light will reflect in your eyes and cause irritation. If this happens, cover your window or reposition your computer. A bright light in the room can have the same effect.
  • Set the screen to high-contrast and enlarge the text. This will make the text easier to read. Don’t forget to blink. Blinking moisturises the eyes.
  • Take breaks, and look into the distance for 20 seconds every 30 minutes.
  • Close your eyes and cover them with your hands. Rotate your eyes for 30 seconds, looking up and down and then left and right. This will improve the blood supply to the eyes.
  • If you use glasses, make sure they are also designed for working on a computer. Sometimes computer work requires glasses of different strength than reading or far-sighted glasses. Glasses with the wrong strength place strain on the eyes.
  • At least every two hours, get up and move around. This way you give your eyes (and your whole body) a break.