Sunday, July 29, 2018

Prevent eye strain when using a computer or phone for a long time with this method

Many people around the globe required to spend several hours every day staring at a screen as part of their jobs and after they go home, this carries on with tablets & televisions, with bad lighting and bad posture in offices, and most people complaint about tired eyes and mostly headaches.

Try these methods to reduce eye strain if you cannot get away from the glare of screens. The way you are sitting could be the reason behind your tired eyes, according to the American Occupational Safety and Health Association. Before looking for software or hardware solutions to your problem, check if your posture is correct. The display is either above or below eye level, which leads to incorrect posture.

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Bending your neck or slouching to look at the screen, you're straining your eyes. Try using a laptop stand or even just a pile of books to raise the screen to eye level. If the screen is above eye level, try raising your chair to bring the screen to eye level.

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The 20-20-20 rule is quite effective at reducing eye strain. Simply after every 20 minutes of looking at the screen, look at an object that is at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

Keeping track of those 20 minute breaks is not easy though, particularly when you are in the middle of work, so I suggest you to try a free Web app called Protect Your Vision.

While the solutions mentioned above should be good enough for most situations, you might want to consider buying gadgets with anti glare screens to reduce the strain on your eyes. If you have not done this, you can buy yourself an anti glare screen coating. An anti glare filter from 3M on our laptops & found it to be quite effective.

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If you are using a device with a reflective screen, you may find it hard to see your screen if it is facing the light, anti glare filters are useful in these situations and the one from 3M does the job as advertised. It takes some time to attach to your screen but that's a one time hassle. Good quality anti glare coatings cost anywhere between Rs. 1,000 & Rs. 2,000.

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