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Can Looking at Computer Screens Damage My Eyes?

Fatigue, dry eyes, bad lighting, or how you sit in front of these screens can cause eyestrain.

Symptoms of eyestrain include sore or irritated eyes and difficulty focusing. You may also have symptoms of eyestrain if you need glasses or a change in your glasses.

What Can I Do to Prevent Eyestrain?

You can help prevent eyestrain by making changes to your workspace and by visiting your eye doctor. Here are a few suggestions on how to make your workspace more comfortable:

  • Place your screen 20 to 26 inches away from your eyes and a little bit below eye level.

  • Use a document holder placed next to your screen. It should be close enough, so you don’t have to swing your head back and forth or constantly change your eye focus.

  • Ask to add Blue light filler on your lenses.

  • Change your lighting to lower glare and harsh reflections. Glare filters over your digital screens can also help.

  • Get a chair you can adjust.

  • Choose screens that can tilt and swivel. A keyboard that you can adjust is also helpful.

  • Computer glasses with yellow-tinted lenses that block blue light can help ease digital eye strain by increasing contrast.

  • Anti-reflective lenses reduce glare and increase contrast and also can block blue light from digital devices.

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