Computer Eyestrain Solutions for Working From Home

If you’re going to be working from home in the next couple of months, here's a few easy fixes that will reduce your eyestrain and make computer reading more comfortable. 

Start by eliminating any glare inducing sources. Glare has always been a problem for computer-related work because of the reflective nature of monitors.  Glare disrupts the visual pathways to your brain where vision takes place creating strained vision.  Glare disrupts vision in the distance most noticeable with night driving or when reading; especially computer-related reading.   On a daily basis, this strained vision can be exhausting and often debilitating.

Know your glare sources to begin your 5 step computer eyestrain fix

#1- Light bounces off your computer screen in many directions creating glare

Easy Fix: Position lighting away from your monitor by

  • partially closing window treatments or turning blinds to direct light upwards
  • moving other lighting sources such as desk lamps away from your line of slight
  • dimming or turning off bright ceiling lighting 

 BTW, making the room too dark is not good either. The plan is to limit light sources that are reflecting off your shiny/reflective computer monitor surface.

#2- Investigate and remove any glare inducing conditions

Easy Fix: Switch out reflective surfaces from your computer work area

  • change up glare inducing surfaces such as glass or white desktops to be less bright and reflective- quick fix- add a dark matte blotter
  • remove shiny desktop objects and position your monitor away from bright white walls
  • scan your workspace for glare sources- the duller the surface, the less glare there will be

#3- Fine-tune your display settings

Easy Fix: Check on computer screen position, brightness, contrast and font size 

  • for best visibility, use dark text on a light background and keep colors basic and font styles simple 
  • position your screen on an incline so your eyes are looking downward at  10-20 degrees
  • dust lowers contrast so give your monitor a quick wipe

#4- Get a good chair- poor posture contributes to eyestrain

Easy Fix: Think supportive and functional seating

  • squinting, leaning forward or tilting your head in an attempt to see more clearly creates muscle tightness in your shoulders, neck and in your eyes

  • poor posture also affects the angle (visual path) at which you look at your computer further contributing to eyestrain

#5-Use computer reading glasses specific to your computer reading distance

Easy Fix: Even a slight correction will remedy visually intense computer reading,  anti-reflective coatings should be high-quality    

  • hours of computer reading, day after day works the eyes muscles into a state of intense fatigue
  • anti-reflective lenses add another layer of relaxing glare protection 
  • clear lens optics provide an unobstructed path for visual images so you can read comfortably
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Put all of these easy fixes together and you will have a more comfortable computer reading workspace!

    Stay healthy + safe,
    Renee

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