tips for computer eye strain?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Shannonsparkles, Oct 29, 2006.

  1. Shannonsparkles

    Shannonsparkles New Member


    ((x)) Shannon
  2. ladykew

    ladykew New Member

    Hopefully, some of our good friends out here will reply soon. I'll help keep you bumped up and we'll get some answers, I'm sure. I for another one, could sure use some tips..!! Betcha a bunch more could, too!

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  3. Shannonsparkles

    Shannonsparkles New Member

    When I'm awake in daylight hours, I usually refresh my eyes by looking out the window. But it's night now. When I looked over, I just saw a picture of Elvis. :) Good, but not quite the same, ya know?

    ((staring... staring...)) Shannon :)
  4. ladykew

    ladykew New Member

    Hi, Shannon,

    I read your bio and sounds like you have the same difficult time sleeping as I do. It's 6:30 a.m., the rooster has been crowing for at least an hour, and even though I've taken my sleep medication, I'm wide-eyed.

    I wouldn't mind so much, except it gives me such a headache. I'm here all by myself, so I can do as I please, but after being awake all day, and now all night, my head feels like it's going to split. Maybe eyestrain???

    ~~~ Lew

  5. kjfms

    kjfms Member

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    Eyestrain and your computer screen: Tips for getting relief
    Your eyes hurt. Your head aches.

    And there you sit, peering at your computer monitor. If you're one of the many people who use computers every day — either for work or personal use — you may experience eyestrain as a result.

    Eyestrain: Signs and symptoms
    Common signs and symptoms include:

    Sore, tired, burning or itching eyes
    Watery eyes
    Dry eyes
    Blurred or double vision
    Headache and sore neck
    Difficulty shifting focus between monitor and paper documents in your work area
    Color fringes or afterimages when you look away from the monitor
    Increased sensitivity to light

    Eyestrain associated with computer use isn't thought to have serious or long-term consequences, but it's disruptive and unpleasant.

    Though you may not be able to change the nature of your job or all the factors that can cause eyestrain, you can take steps to reduce the strain.

    New habits can help relieve eyestrain
    A few simple adjustments in how you work or surf the Internet can give your eyes a much-needed rest.

    Follow these simple tips to reduce eyestrain:

    Take eye breaks. Throughout the day, give your eyes a break by forcing them to focus on something other than on your screen.

    Try the following exercise: Hold a finger a few inches in front of your face; focus on the finger as you slowly move it away; focus on something far in the distance and then back to the finger; slowly bring the finger back toward your face.

    Next, shift your focus to something farther than eight feet away and hold your eyes there for a few seconds.

    Repeat this exercise three times, several times a day.

    Change the pace.

    Try to stand up and move around at least once every hour or so.

    If possible, lean back and close your eyes for a few moments.

    At the very least, try to give yourself a five-minute rest every hour. Do other work, such as phone calls or filing, during this time.

    Blink often to refresh your eyes. Because many people blink less than normal when working at a computer, dry eyes can result from prolonged computer use.

    Blinking produces tears that can help moisten and lubricate your eyes.

    Make a conscious effort to blink more often.

    Consider using artificial teardrops.

    Available over the counter, artificial tears can help relieve dry eyes that result from prolonged sessions at the computer.
    Practice relaxation.

    Ease muscle tension with this relaxation exercise:

    Place your elbows on your desk, palms facing up; let your weight fall forward and your head fall into your hands; position your head so that your eyebrows rest on the base of your palms, with your fingers extended toward your forehead; close your eyes and take a deep breath through your nose; hold it for four seconds, then exhale.

    Continue this deep breathing for 15 to 30 seconds. Perform this simple exercise several times a day.

    Get appropriate eyewear.

    If you wear glasses or contacts, make sure the correction is right for computer work.

    Most lenses are fitted for reading print and may not be optimal for computer work.

    Glasses or contact lenses designed specifically for computer work may be a worthwhile investment.

    Put your workstation in order

    Take some of the strain off your eyes by making sure your desk space is set up in an appropriate and eye-friendly way.

    Adjust your monitor.

    Position your monitor directly in front of you about 20 to 28 inches from your eyes.

    Many people find that putting the screen at arm's length is about right.

    If you need to get too close to read small type, consider increasing the font size.

    Keep the top of your screen at eye level or below so that you look down slightly at your work.

    If it's too high or too low, it can lead to a sore neck.

    If you have your monitor on top of your central processing unit (CPU), consider placing the CPU to the side or on the floor.

    And if you wear bifocals or trifocals, keep in mind that you may have a tendency to tilt your head backwards so that you can see through the lower portion of your glasses.

    To adjust for this, consider lowering your monitor a few inches or buying glasses designed for computer work.

    Position your keyboard properly.

    Place your keyboard directly in front of your monitor.

    If you place it at an angle or to the side, your eyes have to focus at different distances from the screen, a tiring activity.

    Keep reference materials nearby. Place reading and reference material on a document holder beside your monitor and at the same level, angle and distance from your eyes as the monitor is from your eyes.

    This way your eyes aren't constantly readjusting.

    Check the lighting and reduce glare. Bright lighting and too much glare can make it difficult to see objects on your screen and strain your eyes.

    To check glare, sit at your computer with the monitor off.

    This allows you to see the reflected light and images. Note any intense glare.

    The worst problems are generally from sources above or behind you, including fluorescent lighting and sunlight.

    If possible, place your monitor so that the brightest light sources are off to the side, at a right angle to your monitor.

    Consider turning off some or all of the overhead lights.

    If you need light for writing or reading, use an adjustable desk lamp.

    Close blinds and shades and avoid placing your monitor directly in front of a window or white wall.

    Use a glare-reducing screen to minimize glare from overhead lighting.

    Finally, adjust the contrast and brightness on the monitor to a level that's comfortable for you, making sure the letters on the screen are easy to read.

    Also wipe the dust from your computer screen regularly. Dust on the screen cuts down on contrast and may contribute to glare and reflection problems.

    If problems still persist, it could be a sign of a more serious problem. See your doctor if you have:

    Prolonged eye discomfort

    A noticeable change in vision
    Double vision

    But if you're like most people, making a few simple adjustments can help keep your eyes rested and ready.


    Hope this helps a little,

    Karen :)
  6. mrdad

    mrdad New Member

    ?? if Karen has some great suggestions for the
    eyestrain problem!! This Board is just so wonderful for
    all of us to go to and find so much info. and answers as
    well as suggestions.

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    day. There are many of you Canadians on the Board who are
    within the same age range. Hope you have a good day and
    watch out for Dad and the Bro!! I'm sure they love ya
    Joe a.k.a. MRDAD
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  7. KerryK

    KerryK Member

    In addition to the above, these are what I find helpful:

    -if using a CRT monitor, adjust the video refresh rate to as high as possible ideally over 72. The lower rates introduce subtle but visible flicker which makes the monitor behave like a strobe light flashing in your face and is very uncomfortable.

    -whether CRT or LCD monitor, consider a glare screen. Even though LCD monitors do not flicker, many have uneven light intensity that varies continually. The glare screen can dampen that effect.

    -change the colour scheme of your display to reduce the light output. Eliminate red/blue combinations wherever possible and there is no need to have a white background with black letters. One can instead have a black or soft grey background with white or light green letters.

    -consider eyeglasses for computer use. I know of a brand called PRIO. They can be found online.

    -finally, and a bit out there, look up "Tecno AO". I have found the device extremely helpful.

    Good luck.
  8. Daisys

    Daisys Member

    I have a pair of weak reading glasses. I wear them when on the computer and it helps keep my eyes rested.

    I read on this board that the blue light of the computer interferes with sleep but helps in the same way as full spectrum lighting for those with SAD. So, I'm on the computer in the morning, and limit it's use in the afternoon. I stop using it at night.