By Peter Trinh, TrinhTech
Over the last several years, there’s been increased interest in computer glasses, as we have started to ask questions about the effects that screens have on our eyes, and rightfully so!
Computer glasses provide three features: Reduction of blue light exposure; adjusted optics to ease eye strain; and a reduction of glare from looking at our screens. Not all computer glasses are made equal; so practice discernment when making such purchases.
Other ways to save our eyes:
- Take a 10-minute break every hour that you are in front of a computer. Introduce movement all over your body, including your eyes and release as much tension as you can.
- Use software such as Iris to adjust your monitor’s output to reduce the amount of blue light. We thrive best on having a balance of blue and red light.
- Get a diffused backlight for your computer environment, place it behind your computer screen so that the light bounces off the walls or curtained windows.
- If your screen has glare from having a shiny and reflective surface use an anti-glare filter, or use an external monitor with a matte screen that does not introduce glare.
- Play with your computer settings to make it easier on the eyes; such as switching fonts; changing color settings and themes; choosing a different “wallpaper” background.
- Use natural eye drops and wash to keep your eyes moist, eat foods that promote tears and better eye fluids.
- Get your computer screen calibrated for better image quality, ideal contrast, and ideal brightness.
- Perform eyes exercises daily. The Bates Method at www.seeing.org is particularly effective.
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