Computer Eye Strain Symptoms – 5 Tips To Reduce Them

Is the sitting in front of the computer all day making your eyes burn, your neck ache, and your vision blurry? You might have an eye strain. In medical terms, it’s called computer vision syndrome. And today I’ll give you five tips that will hopefully make it all go away.

1. Adjust Your Monitor

Sometimes a simple setup tweak of your monitor setup will do the trick. So your monitor should be 20 to 30 inches away from your eyes. If it’s too far or too close adjust accordingly. The top of your monitor should be at eye level because you should be looking down at your work not up. So if you need to adjust the height of your monitor up or down if you need extra height you can use risers or hardcover books if you have them around.

2. Tweak The Lightening

There is a chance your eyes strain is caused by too much artificial or natural light. So if you can turn off any harsh fluorescent lights instead use a floor lamp or a desk lamp and position is that it’s getting off indirect light on either side of your computer.  

3. The 20-20-20 Rule

What is a simple way to offset long hours at the computer is to use the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes you find an object 20 feet away and stare at it for 20 seconds. Doing so, exercise your eyes plus it’ll give you a little relief from staring at a bright white screen all day. If you need reminders to take these brakes consider a program like BrakeTaker for PC and Timeout for Mac.

4. Computer Glasses

gunnars glassesIn an office or even at home you might have a lot of light around your desk natural light coming from a window and worst of all the backlight of your monitor. All of these things are really harsh on your eyes and cause fatigue.  So one solution is Gunnars glasses. They are tinted yellow to offset the cool blue light that your monitor produces. In my experience they’ve been a big help but, it takes you some time to get used to and you got to look like this 🙂

5. The Right Setup

If your keyboard is over here and a reading materials are over there and your computer screen is up here, you’re forcing your eyes to constantly readjust of his various distances. Which causes fatigue and headaches and so on and so forth. Instead, your keyboard should be directly in front of your computer screen and you’re reading materials should be adjacent to them. And easy way to do this is to use something called a copyholder, which holds your paper in place while you type.


While all these tips in place hopefully you’ll see a lot less stress on your eyes. But if you’re still suffering I just suggest getting an eye exam. You might find that all you need is a pair of reading glasses. If you have any tips or questions hit me up on the comment section!

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