I believe many of you whom are reading this uses computer 2 hours a day. I myself is one of them and I may be a victim of Computer Vision Syndrome ( CVS ). When it comes to ‘making money online’, and I understand the fact that how one can go about blogging the whole day, you should never neglect on what that may not be significant to you at the moment – your health; your eye balls. Long hours infront of computer can cause eye fatigue, blurred vision, headaches, dry or irritated eyes.
Let me bring you away from the topic of ‘internet marketing’ today. You could be making millions but without proper health, nothing really matters anymore.
Reason of eye strains due to computers
There are significantly many reasons to why eye strains are caused due to computers. Here are some of the more serious causes. See if any fits?
- Computer users have a fixed posture which keeps the upper body fixed for a long period of time.
- The eye muscles do not get much opportunity to move. The shoulders are kept at a fixed place which affects the eyes as well.
- Overhead office lights and other light sources falling on the computer screen causes glares. These glares have an adverse effect on your eye pupils.
- In general a person blinks 15-20 times a minute. But when you are working in the computer the blink rate reduces to 5-10 times per minute due to continuous staring and concentration. In the absence of adequate blinking eyes become dry and irritated.
- Working too much on computers at night might affect your sleep as well.
Get right to the bottom of the source – your workstation
Your environment plays a very important part in reducing the amount of eye strains. Pay close attention to these attributes and you could decrease any kind of physical stress and strains when working in front of a computer.
Do you have adequate lighting?
When we do not provide enough light for the eyes to do their job, we are adding additional and unnecessary strain on the eyes.
Keeping your monitors below eye level
The monitor should be ideally placed 5 to 9 inches below eye level. This causes your eyelids downward thus maintaining a healthier blink rate. Adjust the height of your seat: for best results adjust the seat of the computer chair so that the middle of the computer screen is 20 degrees below eye level.
Screen distant an monitor position
The screen should be placed at a minimum distance of 16-20 inches from the eye. There should not be any light source behind or in front of your monitors. So position the monitors such that the room windows fall in the side rather than back or front.
Rest your backbone against a wall if you are using your laptop from your bed. Otherwise overtime you will lean towards the computer which is harmful both for your eyes and spine.
Exercise you can try working out on to reduce eye strain
20-20-20 Rule of Blinking
After every 20 minutes of looking into the computer screen, look at any object placed at least 20 feet away. Try and blink your eyes for 20 times in succession, to moisten them. If possible, walk 20 paces after every 20 minutes of sitting in one particular posture. Helps blood circulation for the entire body.
Blinking creates an even film of tears on the eye surface that keeps the eye moist. So you should blink very often.
Rotate the Eyeballs
While you keep your eyes closed, roll your eyeballs both clockwise and anticlockwise and take a deep breath. Gradually open your eyes while releasing your breath. Continue this exercise for a minute or two. You can repeat it three times before getting back to work.” it serves as a good workout for the eyes
Look At Distant Objects
Look at distant objects for every 5 minutes in an hour. This changes the focal length of your eyes. If you are inside your office a better option would be to go out in the lobby or balcony
Getting Enough Sleep
A good night sleep is the best possible exercise for your eyes. Without proper sleep (especially at nights) your eyes will always feel tired. So try to sleep early, at least before midnights.
Inevitably, there are many aspects of proper health precautions you should take when you are constantly working in front of the computer. Not only reducing the pressure you put onto your eyes, take notice of your postures and do not neglect the importance of meeting the necessary healthy daily intakes in your body – i.e. drinking enough water.
Keep yourself healthy, eventually you will work in a much more productive environment thus increasing the amount of positive result.