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Monday, October 20, 2008

Steps to follow, when using a computer

Have a thorough eye examination. While everyone should have their eyes checked once a year, annual eye exams are especially important for computer users.


Follow the "20/20 rule." Keep your face at least 20 inches from the screen and pause every 20 minutes or so to look around the room, so your eyes can focus on distant objects. Regular eye exercise helps prevent eye strain.


Place all materials you are working with at the same distance as the screen. This reduces strain of your eyes and neck.


Make sure you have a glare screen, which should block glare without making the characters on the monitor appear fuzzy. Also if possible, move or adjust the computer screen to avoid reflections from windows or indoor lights.


Sit on a stable, comfortable, adjustable chair. If it is possible to put the keyboard a few inches below the desktop, for example, with an adjustable table, or by using a center drawer of a desk for a pullout keyboard rest, do so. This will keep your arms at a more comfortable angle.


Place computer monitor at a 35-degree angle below your eyes. This reduces incidence of Dry Eye.


Use preservative-free artificial tears intermittently when on the computer if your eyes get red and irritated. Much of computer fatigue is caused by Dry Eye.


Finally, take periodic breaks from the computer during the day, walk around and do some non-computer tasks for about 15 minutes every two or three hours.

 
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