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How to reduce eyestrain?

Answered on November 26, 2014
Created February 05, 2011 at 4:55 PM

We all spend so much time in front of our computers. I've read other threads about ergonomics and such, which I'm sure can help to some degree, but I'm curious about specific hacks for computer eyestrain.

For starters, good lighting probably helps, as well as not having the monitor overly bright, not using an older CRT style monitor, and taking breaks often.

Has anyone had any success with reducing eyestrain, or have any good hacks?

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on February 06, 2011
at 01:03 AM

Interesting. F.lux has been great for me... definitely seems to reduce strain. I play with my brightness setting, but since I'm on a laptop, if the room is dark (I don't touch-type) I need the screen to illuminate the keyboard. I suppose I should just learn to type, but I am OLD.

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on February 05, 2011
at 08:10 PM

F.lux sounds like a good idea but after using it for 2 days I had more problems with eyes then before using it. It might help with sleep after working on computer but it does not help with eyestrain.

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on February 05, 2011
at 05:15 PM

Focus your eyes on something else every few minutes. At home I have a TV next to me at a different distance than my monitor. At work I get off my desk and walk around at least twice an hour.

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on November 26, 2014
at 04:21 AM

The best idea is to reduce the time on staring at your computer. But I know most of us can't do this. So try to take more useful tips on reduce eyestrain from those 3C products.

First, try f.lux. It’s a software which includes Windows and Mac version both. It can change the laptop color automatically by the time of day, and make no-glare on your eyes.

 

If you stare at a computer/laptop screen for more than 2 hours, you have 90% chance to get CVS (computer vision syndrome). You eyes will get hurt. Only Flux is not enough to help you eyes. You need to find more tips. See the solution I gave to protect your eyes from your computer/laptop screenbefore:

 

Screen Location Ideally more than 25 inches from eye and 6 inches below the horizontal eye level. Anti-glare screen Will decrease the amount of light reflected from the screen.

 

Light effect Use suspended lights from ceiling and windows with shades, blinds or curtains. Avoid light hitting directly on eyes.

 

Sitting posture Use chairs with armrests which are able to provide, support while typing, position of head slightly tilted downwards and height of the chair adjusted appropriately so that the feet reset flat on floor.

 

20-20-20 rule Follow the 20-20-20 rule, which means every 20 minutes, look away from the monitor, and focus on an object at least 20 feet away, for 20 seconds.

 

Eye Exercise Choose your eyes and slowly roll your eyeballs clockwise and anticlockwise. Repeat it 3 times.

 

Blinking Blink frequently to keep the front surface of your eye moist.

 

Computer Eyewear To block the blue light, glare, and radiation when in computer and mobile device use. It works better than a monitor or screen protector.

 As I suggest, a pair of computer glasses to block harmful lights can really be considered. I already chose one from T’aime Optics and it really comforts my eyes.  Even they are a little pricy, they worth trying.

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on February 05, 2011
at 05:35 PM

Not exactly sure how much it helps eye strain, but I think I view my monitor from farther away than most and use the MouseZoom addon for firefox to easily increase text/image size with rightclick+scrollwheel. I would be absolutely loath to go without this. There's a similar addon for Chrome, but it's not as good IME.

I also keep the brightness setting to minimum, and F.lux probably helps.

edit: I prefer the inverted setting for MouseZoom

Fe9564da32d84d7213ef2a203f97de48

(279)

on February 05, 2011
at 08:10 PM

F.lux sounds like a good idea but after using it for 2 days I had more problems with eyes then before using it. It might help with sleep after working on computer but it does not help with eyestrain.

0bcefaa82dc94f93ce705f86e235f335

(1591)

on February 06, 2011
at 01:03 AM

Interesting. F.lux has been great for me... definitely seems to reduce strain. I play with my brightness setting, but since I'm on a laptop, if the room is dark (I don't touch-type) I need the screen to illuminate the keyboard. I suppose I should just learn to type, but I am OLD.

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