Protect Your Eyes While Working on a Computer in Calgary

Protect Your Eyes While Working on a Computer in Calgary

Our world is changing at a breakneck speed with digital technology infiltrating, and affecting, nearly every aspect of our lives, many of which we take for granted – like our vision. A 2012 article in The Atlantic suggest that long days spent in front of your computer might not only make perfect posture difficult to maintain, but could also be the reason you’re experiencing eye strain, neck and shoulder pain, dry eyes, or blurred vision, adding there’s a case to be made for glare-reducing computer glasses. A 2012 study from the American Academy of Optometry found that working for just two hours on a laptop caused a significant increase in eye pain and vision problems. Don’t wait! You should address any vision concerns to an optometrist.

At Crowfoot Vision Centre in Calgary, our team of eye doctors understands that when you can’t see clearly, every aspect of your life suffers so we’re dedicated to making the world a clearer place for all our patients. Crowfoot Vision Centre offers lenses that will aid you in all of your different activities, including computer usage: progressive lenses that are ideal for distance, computer and reading vision; and coatings for your lenses to help reduce glare from your computer monitor. To further protect your eyes while working at a computer, here are a few tips to consider: 

  • Sit far enough away from the screen - usually at least an arm’s length away from the screen.
  • Locate the computer screen 4 or 5 inches below your eye level - you should look down at the computer screen at about a 15 to 20 degree angle. This ensures that more of your eyeball is covered by your eyelid, keeping your eyes moisturized and healthy. 
  • Position reference material properly – above the keyboard and below the computer’s monitor, use a document holder or a book to prop up materials a few inches and help rest your eyes. 
  • Adjust your screen lighting - screen illuminated should be in relation to your environment. 
  • Reduce glare from your screen - surrounding lights can reflect off your screen and strain your eyes. To reduce glare and keep your eyes healthy: keep your computer screen clean; avoid sitting with a window behind you; and, use lower wattage light bulbs.

If you experience the symptoms of digital eye strain/computer vision syndrome, including headaches, eyestrain, blurred vision, dark or discolored eyes, and neck and shoulder pain, take a break for a few hours to let your eyes rest to prevent permanent eye problems. You can significantly decrease your risk of developing digital eye strain by following these suggestions:
  • Blink often - when focusing on a screen we blink half as much, meaning your eyes are at much greater risk of drying out when working on the computer. To address this: deliberately blink every five seconds or so; or every 20 minutes, look away from the screen for 20 seconds.
  • Take regular breaks – the American Optometric Association recommends that for every two hours of looking at the computer screen, you should take a 15 minute break allowing you to blink naturally and re-moisturize your eyes.
  • Ask your eye doctor about specialized glasses - tinted to reduce glare from computer screens, and visit your Crowfoot Vision Centre eye doctor in Calgary annually who can recommend different methods of protecting your eyes while you use the computer.

For more information on customized computer use lenses or a comprehensive ocular health and vision exam, contact Crowfoot Vision Centre at 403-241-3000 today.