Eye exercises combined with a proper diet can reduce, even eliminate the eye strain, headaches and other symptoms related to computer use.
Before eye exercises can become properly effective it is absolutely necessary to set up the computer workstation correctly.
By doing so, unnecessary eyestrain, body fatigue and tension can be greatly reduced.
Follow these steps:-
- Site the computer, or adjust your seat, so that the screen is just below eye level.
- Adjust the screen brightness and contrast to give the best viewing conditions. The default setting on your screen controls is usually close to optimum.
- Tilt the screen to eliminate glare and reflections or fit an anti-glare screen.
- It is best to have your back to a window or bright artificial light, if this is not possible then the further to one side the better. Anywhere is better than having the light source directly in front of you.
- If copying, have the copy material at the same level as the screen and have a shaded table lamp that can be adjusted to illuminate the copy document without shining on or causing reflections on the computer screen.
- Correct posture at the workstation will also help to reduce stress symptoms, physical discomfort and associated eye fatigue.
- Chairs should have adjustable back support and height controls to allow for the feet to rest flat and the thighs to be parallel to the floor.
- The workstation should be high enough to provide ample clearance for the knees.
- The keyboard should be situated so that the wrists and forearms are parallel with the floor and a separate raised wrist support will provide added comfort.
- Take a break at least every two hours and give yourself fifteen minutes to relax your eyes, body and brain and follow these few eye exercises remembering to breath deeply and steadily to help your body and mind to relax.