How To Reduce Computer Eye strain and Improve Your Vision

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Maximize Your Work Space for Greater Efficiency and Productivity

· Clean Your Screen - Monitors need more than weekly cleaning, as their static nature attracts dust to their surfaces.

· Arms Length Viewing - Sit straight in front of your computer and stretch your arms out in front of you. Your screen should just touch the tip of your middle finger. Sitting closer or farther away will cause problems. The screen is composed of pixels; being too close makes it difficult to blur these points into letters. If you find you can't see properly at arm's length increase the font size.

· Eye Level - Leaning back at a slight angle, the top of your monitor should be at eye level. You may have to prop the monitor on some old telephone books or purchase a monitor stand (which can double as a shelf underneath).

· Glare - Make sure there is absolutely no glare in your range of vision, either on your monitor or around it. Position your screen so it is free from reflections. If necessary tape a file folder to its side to use as a sunscreen. Do not, however, make the room dark because it is damaging to the eyes.

· Empty Space - We are naturally far-sighted creatures. It is best not to place your monitor against a wall. It can be placed in front of a window only if the sun does not glare through. The best position is probably perpendicular to one of the walls in the center of your workspace, leaving a few feet behind your workstation. This allows your eyes to frequently relax in their natural distant seeing state.

Transform the Way You Work and Create More Reliable Vision

· Sit Straight and Breathe - Back and neck strain create tension in the eyes and slouching prevents the lungs from expanding properly as well. Plenty of oxygen is crucial to the eyes (and your brain!). Take deep breaths whenever you think of it. Keep a window open, when weather permits. Have hanging green plants over your workspace.

· Ten-Ten-Ten - Every ten minutes, look ten feet away, for ten seconds or otherwise you will create near-point stress. Our ancestors were gatherers and hunters--farsighted occupations. Our genes have not yet evolved for sustained arms-length work. A good freeware program that reminds you to take these "micro-breaks" is Workrave.

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