Save your Vision Month: Part 2 Healthy Vision At the Computer

Tips for Healthy, Comfortable Vision at the Computer

While decreasing time spent at a computer may not be an option, there are ways to maximize healthy vision for comfortable use of the computer.

  1. Have a regular comprehensive eye exam to ensure your eyes are healthy and that you have the correct eyeglass or contact lens prescription (if necessary). Be certain to tell your optometrist about the computer work you do.

  2. Wear glasses that are specifically designed to function comfortably at the computer. The lenses you wear for day-to-day activities may not be the best for working at the computer.

  3. Rest the eye.  For every 20 minutes of computer work, look 20 feet for 20 seconds. It called the 20/20/20 rule!

  4. Blink forcefully Use a humidifier Instill artificial tears.

After you have had a comprehensive eye examination, there are a number of things that you can do to arrange and use the elements of your workstation to eliminate or minimize discomfort.

Workstation Setup for Comfortable Computer Use Is Your Work Station Properly Arranged?

  • Feet should be flat on the floor (or on a slightly angled foot rest) with knees bent close to or greater than 90 degrees.

  • Chair seat should support the legs without excessive pressure on the back of the thighs.

  • The back should be snug against the seat to fit your spinal contour. Thigh-to-trunk angle should be 90 degrees or greater.

  • Wrists and hands should extend nearly straight from the elbow to the home row of the keyboard.

  • A commonly preferred work surface height for keyboard use is about 26" as opposed to the conventional 29" of most tables or desks.

  • Place the monitor 20"-26" from your eyes, depending on the size of the monitor and individual vision conditions.

  • The monitor and keyboard should be straight ahead.

  • The top of the monitor should be slightly below horizontal eye level. Tilt the top of the monitor away from you at a 10 degree to 20 degree angle. The center of the monitor should be 10 degrees to 20 degrees below your eyes. This is 4"-9" below your eyes at a distance of 24"

  • Keep the monitor free of fingerprints and dust. Both can reduce clarity.

  • Place document holders close to the screen within the same viewing distance.

  • Keep the keyboard and monitor in line.

  • Adjust the keyboard tilt angle so that wrists are straight.

Healthy Computer Use

Although the visual system faces considerable challenges when using a computer, most issues can be solved. Remember that problems with the use of the computer cause needless discomfort and may rob productivity. Heeding the suggestions made here along with those made by your local vision experts at Prairie EyeCare Center, PC, will enable you to use your computer comfortably and productively.

Call us (308)872-2291 to schedule your appointment today!

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