Proper setup of work stations reduces eye strain

As computers have become commonplace at work, so have workers’ complaints of eye fatigue, discomfort and difficulty in focusing. ‘We’ve moved into the computer age, but our offices haven’t,’ said Dr. Preston Blomquist, assistant professor of ophthalmology at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Workers should center the monitor in front of them at about arm’s length away and position the top of the screen near eye level. One should also avoid glare, keep the computer screen and glasses clean, and adjust brightness, contrast and font size to comfortable levels. Fortunately, computer screens don’t damage vision, Blomquist said. Relief can be as simple as taking more frequent breaks and getting proper glasses or contact lenses. If discomfort persists, he says, see an ophthalmologist for a thorough eye exam.

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