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Safety Nugget for Week of May 18 - Eye Protection< Back to Blog

May 20, 2015
By: T. Cai
Categories: Safety

I did not wear glasses until the late 90’s when I began to spend several hours every day in front of computer screens.

Nowadays, we all spend long hours and days in front of computers plus smart phones & tablets. 

When staring at a computer screen for most of your day, you’re probably familiar with dry, red and tired eyes.

Protection for your eyes is important and the short term symptoms of eye fatigue (headaches, difficulty focusing and blurred vision) can make your life difficult.

Eye-gonomics is very important for your eye protection.

The following are two photos for Eye-gonomics:

Experts recommend some easy ways to protect your eyes during media binges:

  • Reduce glare by cleaning your screen and making sure it's the most brightly glowing thing in the room. Try not to use your smartphone in direct sunlight. Also, grey backgrounds are easier on your eyes than white.
  • Sit an arm's length away from your computer screen. They recommend the "high-five test": if you can't properly high-five your computer screen (full arm extension is key, people!), you're sitting too close.
  • The screen shouldn't be tilted, and should be positioned right below eye level.
  • "Remind yourself to blink." Screens have a way of making you forget to do that.
  • Take what they call a "20-20-20 break": Every 20 minutes, give yourself 20 seconds to check out what's going on 20 feet away from you.
  • Consider buying a pair of glasses made specifically for computer use, if you think you can pull them off.

More information on eye-gonomics can be found from the following link:

Sources:  http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/09/how-to-keep-computer-screens-from-destroying-your-eyes/263005/