Most people spend a lot of time, even the entire day working in front of a computer or a laptop and this can take a huge toll on your vision, explains an eye surgeon in Dubai. In general, viewing objects that are farther away from us is healthy for the eyes as opposed to viewing objects at a close range, where the eye muscles have to work harder to view things. Sitting and staring at a computer screen for hours at an end, therefore, can cause you to strain the muscles in your eyes and may result in headaches, blurred vision and eye fatigue.
Some changes need to be made by the individual in order to help relieve many computer-related vision problems, such as improving lighting in the work area, altering the workstation height, taking intermittent breaks, or obtaining prescription glasses to be used when you are at the computer.
Lighting and screen position
- Make sure to dim overhead lights, and use desk lamps with shades when working at a desk
- Control natural light from windows entering the room with blinds or drapes.
- Reduce reflected glare on the computer screen by placing it so windows and other bright light sources are not directly behind or in front of the screen.
- If the glare cannot be controlled by moving furniture around, use a hood that extends above the screen and glare shields that cover the screen. However, these solutions may interfere with the screen’s character resolution and contrast.
- Tilt the screen to control and reduce the glare. Use a glare-reducing computer screen overlay, if possible.
- Adjust the contrast of the computer screen to a level that can be handled and is comfortable to the eyes.
It also helps to position your workstation at a comfortable position. Here are a few suggestions,
- Position the monitor 24-28 “ from the eyes with the top of the screen at eye level
- The center of the screen should be about 20 degrees below eye level
- Place reference materials as close to the monitor as possible.
- Use a computer screen than can be adjusted.
- The wrists should be in a straight or “neutral” position.
- The upper arm and forearm should create a 90-degree angle.
- The chair height should be adjustable, with good lower back support.
- Elbow, hip, and knee joints should be as close to 90 degrees as possible.
- Feet should be flat on the floor or on a footrest.
- Take regular breaks from the workstation. 2-3 minutes each half-hour and 10-15 minutes every 2 hours.
- Focus on distant objects from time to time. Look out of a window or at an object at least 20 feet away to relax the eyes.
- Do simple stretching exercises to relax the whole body, each hour.
The eye surgery center in Dubai reiterates that extended demand on the eyes often leads to visual problems in the long run. Therefore, make sure to follow the correct conditions to avoid eye related problems .
Consider scheduling an eye exam with our eye clinic in Dubai if you need computer glasses. These glasses are designed for the specific distance between the eyes and the screen and differ from driving and reading glasses. The lens can be customized to suit each individual’s work environment.