Do You Experience Eye Strain When Working on Your Computer? Read These Helpful Tips from Reddit

You may find yourself sharing this person’s problem about the effects of staring too long on a computer monitor.

The query was posted by u/kohitown on Reddit’s r/LifeProTips, “Due to the nature of my work I have to be on my computer for the entirety of my 8.5-hr work day, 5 days a week. I’m finding that staring at a screen all day is heavily straining my eyes and is causing quite a bit of fatigue and mental fog. Would really appreciate any tips others have for this?”

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Many people reached out to extend a helping hand based on their experiences and the solutions they have discovered.

According to a Reddit user named g0ll4m, “Dim the brightness down by 30-40%, all your eye problems will go away, I’ve done it for 8 years now.”

Another individual named bungojot advised, “Windows has a built-in ‘night light’ option in Display Settings now, turns your screen more yellow as well as dimming it (you can customize this). At home I use f.lux – you can customize how and when it changes your screen colours, and there’s a quick ‘disable’ option if you work with graphics and need to be sure that your on-screen colours are right.”

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“I stare at a screen all day for work and have barely gotten any eye strain since using the night light. Been about 3 years now. Took a few days to get used to it but it’s been a significant upgrade over glasses with a blue light filter. Typically I’ll use it around 95% and lower it to 80-85% when I need to clearly see yellows in CAD. Highly recommend using it,” wrote another Reddit commenter known as bblues1.

This person’s tip is also helpful, “I did this and turned on the blue light filter through the computer settings. I also bought some good blue light blocking glasses. It helped so much.”

Meanwhile, this commenter named trippy27 has another great piece of advice, “There is a 20-20-20 rule. After every 20 mins on screen, look at something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Also, get computer/blue glasses. This would help. Also buy a moisturizing eye drops like cmc every 4hrs or so it would help. If not all of these follow the 20 rules you must. Opthal here.”

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Mayo Clinic also has expert recommendations to relieve eye strain:

  • Blink often in order to refresh your eyes.
  • Give your eyes a break.
  • Check the lighting inside your room and reduce glare.
  • If you are using a print material, use a document holder.
  • Adjust the settings of your computer screen.
  • Today, more than 50% of the general population, young and old, experience symptoms of eye strain due to electronic devices. It is best to deal with this problem early and attain a longer healthspan for your eyes.

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