Eye Safety for Computer Users

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

According to the American Optometric Association, 70 to 75 percent of computer workers experience eye and vision problems. This condition can include blurry vision and sore and tired eyes. Dr. Edward Hill discusses computer eye safety in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Computers are a great work tool and a tremendous resource. But computer use can result in headaches, blurry or double vision, burning eyes, dry eyes and other less than desirable side effects.

These symptoms may be caused by the way you use your computer and sit at a desk, or could be the result of a vision problem. Your first step should be a visit to your eye doctor for a comprehensive exam.

You can do a number of things to eliminate or minimize discomfort.

Adjust your chair: Your feet should be flat on the floor with your knees bent at 90 degrees or more. Your back should be snug against the seat.

Adjust the brightness of the monitor to an intensity that is comfortable for your eyes.

Eliminate bright light sources from your peripheral vision.

Adjust the contrast so that letters are easily read.

Look for monitors that have received the American Optometric Association Seal of Acceptance.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.