- by Dr Gowher Pebbles n Pearl Pediatrics and Child Care
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- May 08 2017
Computers and Vision
Do you spend time on a computer? Many people do, both children and adults. We all know that computer can be visually stressful. Here are few fun ideas to help you to cut down on visual stress when you work on a computer.
- Make sure that you are seated directly in front of your computer and looking at it straight on.
- Sit it with your feet flat on the floor and your knees and hips at a 90 angle, with your back straight. You might try sitting on an exercise or therapy ball instead of a chair, or experiment with the very best sitting arrangement (ergonomically) for your body.
- Try to position your monitor slightly below your line of sight and 20 to 26 inches away from you.
- If your computer set up will allow it, and you frequently copy information from a book or page, vary the side of computer on which you place the book or pages. Copy information while looking to the right on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, switch it over to the left on Tuesday and Thursdays, then reverse the days the following week.
- Eliminate glare from your screen by turning it away from any windows.
- Place colours around you that relax you and remind you to be present in the world and not just involved with the information on the computer.
- Place soft fabrics, textures, and drapes behind your monitor that will help you “ground” when you pause in your work.
- Have a picture or photo, painting, or poster nearby that has some depth to it. Pause from looking at your screen occasionally and gaze into the picture to relax your focus.
- Remember to take visual breaks from your work; you can look at your drapes, at a picture or out the window or just day dream. Get up and walk around every half-hour or so. You can continue to think about your work if you wish, but get your body moving and remember to relax your visual focus.
- Sound may help you-----experiment with listening to enjoyable soft music, played on your computer, if possible.
- Some people find that looking at a computer screen is very stressful. There are special spectacle lens prescriptions that can alleviate this by using the properly prescribed lens power and/or tinting the glare coatings. It may also be possible to get contact lenses with a computer prescription. A full visual evaluation is recommended, however, with emphasis on the distance of the computer from your eyes---be sure to bring all the specification about your computer setup with you.
- Remember: Computers and keyboards are only tools. They should make your work easier—try to think of it as your friend and colleague instead of a taskmaster.
- There are commercial teas and herbs available to refresh and soothe tired eyes. Consult with a naturopath or an herbalist for specific recommendations.
If you work indoors most of the time, under artificial lighting, please be sure to spend time in natural light every day, either outdoors or with candles or firelight at night. Full—spectrum lighting can be important in making your workday at the computer healthier for your eyes.
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