How to avoid eye strain

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Long hours staring at a computer screen or reading can take a toll on your eyes. If you are having increased difficulty reading, are getting headaches or have pain in your eyes—watch out. You may be experiencing eye strain.

“Any time the eyes are focused on one project for a long period of time they can get fatigued,” explains ophthalmologist Thomas Chandler, M.D. “But there are easy ways to reduce eye strain before it becomes a health problem.”

Computers are the most common source of eye strain.

Tips to reduce eye strain:

  • Place your monitor away from bright lights and sunlight to reduce reflections and glare.
  • Install an anti-glare screen to the monitor
  • Position your monitor so your eyes are at the top of the screen since it is easier for your eyes to look down than up.
  • Increase the font size of text and taking frequent breaks

“But if you are having eye strain symptoms that won’t go away,” adds Dr. Chandler, “get your eyes checked.”