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WORK-LIFE BALANCE / DEC. 05, 2014
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How to Set your Monitor to Reduce Eye Fatigue

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Computer eye-fatigue and eye strain has become a dominant job-related complaint owing to the increase in the number of individuals spending long hours working in front of their computers. Studies have revealed that eye strain and other related disturbing visual symptoms occur in about 50-90% of computer users. Apart from eye fatigue, other problems include decreased productivity, increased work errors, physical fatigue and small annoyances such as red eyes and eye twitching.

Computer usage wasn’t intended to be this disturbing. Below are ways you can set your computer display to reduce eye fatigue and improve your entire working experience. 

Rectify your Computer Display Settings

You can reduce eye fatigue and strain to a great extent by adjusting your computer’s display settings. Below are the most beneficial adjustments:

·         Brightness – Alter the brightness of your computer to match that of your surroundings. Here is a test: Does the background of this Web page look like a light source? If so, then it is too bright for you. Alternatively, if it seems gray or dull, then it might be too dark.

·         Color Temperature – This refers to the visible light spectrum that is produced by the color display. Blue light as a short wavelength is linked with more eye strain as opposed to longer wavelength hues like red and orange. By reducing your display’s color temperature, you lower the amount of blue light produced by your color display resulting into a better long-range viewing comfort.

·         Text Size and Contrast – All of us have different preferences. It is advisable to adjust the size of the font to a comfortable size and contrast for easy readability particular when composing a document. Normally, black text on a white background is always the best combination for comfortable reading.

If your computer runs on a Microsoft Windows operating system, you can access the display settings in the Control Panel. For Apple Computer users, the display settings are accessed in the Systems Preferences. However, it is possible to adjust the color temperature of your display on some monitors.

Additional Tips

Blink more often – Blinking will moisten your eyes to counter dryness and irritation. Blink 10 times after every 20 minutes. The best way to do this is to close your slowly as if falling asleep. This will help rewet your eyes.

Exercise your eyes – Consider looking away or gazing at a distant object after every 20 minutes. Referred by doctors as a 20-20-20 rule, it will relax the focusing muscles in your eyes hence reducing fatigue.

Take frequent breaks – Many computer users take about two 15 minute breaks from their workstation throughout the day. Studies show that computer users who took four extra 5-minute breaks reduced eye fatigue and discomfort to a large extent. Consider taking these breaks as they will help avert vision syndrome as well as back, neck and shoulder pain.

Modify your workstation – You might be straining your eyes if you have to look back and forth between your computer screen and a printed page. Consider placing a copy stand adjacent to your monitor for easy reading. A desk lamp might come in handy but make sure it doesn’t shine onto your computer screen or into your eyes.

Prolonged eye strain and fatigue might be detrimental to your vision, especially if you are exposed to longer computer display hours. Be sure to protect your eyes with the above mentioned tips and reap the best out of your working hours.

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