These days, many people spend a large amount of time staring at computer screens on a daily basis – whether it be for work or pleasure. Unfortunately, persistent staring at computer screens can have a serious impact on one’s eyesight, causing it to gradually deteriorate over time. In heavy computer users, this is actually known as Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). Fortunately, there are a few eye care tips every Boulder office worker and computer user can take to help prevent CVS and preserve their eyesight.
Use the 20-20-20 Rule
For those who spend a great deal of time staring at a computer screen each day, using the 20-20-20 rule can make all the difference in one’s vision. With this rule, one takes breaks from gazing at the electronic screen every 20 minutes. During these breaks, the person simply focuses on another object that is about 20 feet away for 20 seconds at a time. This is thought to help provide the eyes with the relief they need from being fixated on the screen and can also help reduce the chances of a person developing nearsightedness.
Work With Lights On
One of the worst things one can do when it comes to their vision is to work at a computer with no lighting other than the screen itself. This is thought to be especially damaging to the eyesight at night. For the best results, it is a good idea to turn on a soft light on either side of the computer screen. Specifically, one should be careful to avoid leaving any lights on that cast a lot of shadows, which can actually be detrimental to one’s eyesight. A small lamp on either side of the screen or a soft overhead light should do the trick.
Adjust Display Settings
Furthermore, computer users are encouraged to adjust their computer’s display settings to benefit their eyes. Specifically, default font settings should be on the medium to larger size, not so small that one needs to squint in order to read the screen. Screen brightness should also be kept as high as possible at all times. When possible, read long documents only when they consistent black text on a white background, which is the ideal level of contrast for one’s eyes.
As a frequent computer user, it can be a struggle to take care of one’s eyes consistently to avoid CVS, but by following these few tips it is possible to preserve one’s eyesight.