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Tips for computer work:

  • Remember to blink! When we are working at a computer or phone we tend to blink less. Blinking moisturizes our eyes and prevents dryness.

  • 20-20-20 Rule: Follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes take a break and look at something around 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. You can set up a timer to help you remember.

  • Too Bright? Reduce the lighting in the room especially if the light source is located above or behind. You can buy warmer light bulbs if your current light bulbs are just too bright. Also, you can try an adjustable desk lamp.

  • Distance is Key! Adjust your computer monitor directly in front of you about an arm away. Make sure the screen is at your eye level.

  • Rock a New Look: Blue-light reflection glasses have been a must since the beginning of the pandemic. It is recommended that you make an appointment with your ophthalmologist to get a prescription for blue-light reflection glasses but there are some cheap online as well.

  • Adjust Your Screen: Make sure to adjust the contrast and brightness of your monitor to a level that is comfortable.

  • Eye Drops to the Rescue! Over-the-counter eye drops can help prevent and relieve dry eyes. Use them even when your eyes feel fine to keep them well-lubricated and prevent eye strain.

Computer Glasses:

Alternative medicine

Some eyestrain symptoms may be relieved by natural products, such as:

  • Bilberry extract

  • Omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil

Further study is needed. Talk with your doctor if you are considering supplements to help relieve your signs and symptoms.


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