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Minimize Sore Eyes In 5 Easy Steps

Monday, May 11, 2015 @ 04:05 PM
Author: Amit Mathur


In this tech-driven world of ours, we often spend hours-on-end staring at computer screens and screens get smaller and smaller as we get into reading on Kindles, tablets and smart phones. And staring at the screens all day causes most of us some serious eyestrain, sometimes leading to headaches and other problems. Here, we take a look at five simple things to do when you’ve been staring at a screen a little too long to reduce and possibly avoid any signs of eyestrain at home or at the office.

Break Often

Not only is this a good overall suggestion for those of us who sit at a desk all day, but it particularly benefits your eyes. Taking as little as a 5-to-10 minute break every hour to stretch your legs, grab a glass of water and remove your eyes from your computer screen will help you decrease eye strain and give your mind a little refresher.

Eye Exercises


This might sound strange but simple looking away from the screen every 15 minutes or so and focusing on an object that’s far away will help your eyes tremendously. This exercise will also encourage blinking which gets your eyes wet and prevents dry eyes and particles from sitting on the eyes for too long.


Ergonomics For The Eyes

Believe it or not, ensuring your chair is at proper height with your desk is just as important to your eyes as it is for your back and arms. Purchase an antiglare screen for your computer as well which will help reduce the reflections on your computer screen. Making sure everything is adjusted according to your requirements goes a long way in improving eye strains.

Artificial Tears

Most people blind about 20 percent as often when they are staring at computer screens for extended periods of time. As a result, your eyes are drying out faster and this may lead to soreness and other problems. If you find that’s the case, purchasing over-the-counter artificial tears to help keep your eyes properly lubricated.

Eye Exams


One of the most, if not the most, important things you can do to treat eye strain is to visit your eyecare specialist and have your eyes examined on a regular basis. Having regular checkups will help to ensure your eyes are carefully being looked after, that no diseases are progressing too rapidly and that any issues are being addressed in a timely fashion. These are all important steps in ensuring healthy vision for years to come.


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