Protecting Your Eyes When You Do Computer Work By Gordon Wong, OD on January 31, 2021

working at a computerAt GW Eye Associates, our optometrists offer a comprehensive range of eye care services, including eye exams, eye diseases treatment, and designer eyewear to correct impaired vision in style. Professional eye care is important, but so is at-home care.

Many people spend a good portion of their day in front of a computer, especially now that COVID-19 has forced so many things to go virtual. Unfortunately, computers can put a strain on the eyes. We suggest our La Jolla, CA, Carmel Valley, CA, and San Diego, CA, patients follow these tips to protect the eyes while doing computer work.

Practice the 20-20-20 Rule

A sure-fire way to avoid strain from a computer screen is to spend less time on these devices. However, for most individuals, computers are a part of their daily work responsibilities, so getting away from the computer for an extended period of time simply isn’t possible.

To give the eyes the break they need without compromising work production, we suggest people practice the 20-20-20 rule. The 20-20-20 rule advises people to look away from their computer screen every 20 minutes. Find an object that is around 20 feet away and focus on it for 20 seconds. Looking into the distance allows the eyes to relax, while also offering a break from the bright light of the computer screen. It is a good idea to set a timer as a reminder, until the 20-20-20 rule becomes a habit.

Adjust the Computer Screen

Another good way to protect the eyes while working on the computer is to adjust the settings of the computer screen. One of the reasons that computers put a strain on the eyes is because the screen is brighter than the light surrounding the computer. This forces the eyes to work harder. Dimming the brightness of the screen so that it more closely matches the light of the room can be extremely beneficial. Adjusting contrast settings is also helpful. Don’t be afraid to play around with settings until you find what feels right for you.

Get Rid of Glare

If there is a glare on the computer screen the eyes have to work even harder to focus on text or images. To eliminate glare and ease eye strain, consider changing the location of the computer. At home this may be as simple as moving to a different part of the room or working in a different area of the house altogether. If the computer can’t be moved, try dimming lights or closing blinds to eliminate glare. If none of this is possible due to work constraints, consider applying a glare filter to the computer screen.

Use Artificial Tears as Needed

One of the most common side effects of extended computer use is dry eyes. If the eyes feel dry or itchy, artificial tears can provide some relief. Artificial tears can be bought over-the-counter. We recommend non-medicated drops that are free of preservatives. These drops are safe to be used, as needed, when discomfort is a concern.

Contact GW Eye Associates

The team at GW Eye Associates can provide you with a wide range of eye care services. To learn more about the procedures we offer, or to schedule an appointment, contact our office online at your earliest convenience, or call (858) 454-4699.

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Our team at GW Eye Associates in La Jolla and Del Mar can provide a wide range of high-quality eye care services. Dr. Gordon G. Wong and Dr. Wildon C. Wong have over 45 years of combined experience and belong to several prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Optometric Association

For more information about our services, contact our office online or call us at (858) 454-4699 today.

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