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Infographic: How to Avoid Computer Eye Strain

New studies show that nearly 70 percent of U.S. adults experience digital eye strain. Here are 7 common causes of eye strain at work. Are you guilty of any of these?

Infographic by the editors of +AllAboutVision.com

7 Things You Are Doing at Your Desk That Will Give You Eye Strain

  • Don't wear glasses with an old prescription. for maximum comfort, ask your eye doctor about custom computer eyeglasses.
  • Eyes strain can be caused by excessive lighing. overhead lighting should be no brighter than your screen.
  • Old monitors and low-resolution screens are hard on eyes. upgrade to a high-resolution flat panel display for less eye fatigue.
  • Avoid "turtling" - sitting with your back rounded, chin jutting forward and head tilted back, to get closer to your screen. if you can't see your screen clearly with good posture, visit an eye doctor.
  • Sitting too close to the screen can cause eye fatigue and blurred vision.
  • Having your mouse too far away will make you lean closer to your screen, increasing focusing strain.
  • Are you sitting in a bad chair? your back should be supported so you can si upright and at a comfortable viewing distance from your screen.
  • Get an eye exam: Your eye doctor can identify vision problems and prescribe special computer glasses for greater viewing comfort. 
  • Avoid "computer stare": I's easy to forget to blink when looking at a computer screen. remember to blink often and fully to keep your eyes moist and comfortable.
  • The "20x4" (20-20-20-20) rule: Keep your eyes at least 20 inches from your screen and take a 20-second break every 20 minutes to look at something at least 20 feet away.
Learn more on +AllAboutVision.com: Computer Eye Strain: 10 Steps for Relief

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