How you can look after your eyes
Get your eyes checked
Your optometrist can help you with eye strain, and provide tips to reduce strain when you’re at work.
To diagnose dry eye, your optometrist will analyse the quality of your tears and the health of your eyelids. If you are diagnosed with dry eye syndrome, there are several treatments available that will bring relief. Gulf & Ranges Optometrists have software that helps detect and analyse of dry eye.
Treatment options include E-Eye Pulsed Light that provides visible results a couple of hours after treatment. Because the effect of the treatment is cumulative, it’s best to have all three treatments so that the results continue for months.
Rexon Eye technology is a non-invasive device that stimulates tear production and provides excellent long-term results.
Adjust the position of your monitor
Don’t sit too close to the screen – adjust it so you can sit about 50 centimetres away from the monitor. Plus the top of your screen should be at eye level, which can help with neck strain.
Adjust screen settings
Vivid screens with bright colours look great but can strain your eyes. Turning down the brightness and backlight can reduce eye strain.
Upgrade your monitor
LCD monitors are easier on your eyes and the display has less flicker than older monitors.
Consider anti-glare coating
The coating on glasses reduces glare and reflections.
Invest in anti-fatigue lenses
Also known as ‘computer glasses’ these glasses uses a lens technology that alleviates eye fatigue from computer screens. The lenses are a type of multifocal lens with a gradual transition between prescriptions that optimise your vision so you can see clearly from a computer distance.
Take regular breaks
Rest breaks for your eyes every two hours can help.
When you stare at a screen for long periods you blink less often, which leads to dry, irritated eyes. Make an effort to blink more and fully, sometimes computer users only partially blink.