Having an office space at home is essential to a work-at-home mom like me. It took me quite a long time before I became comfortable with the way my work-space looked and felt. Of course, it’s always nice to invest in a good work desk and an ergonomic computer chair. But what about giving optimum comfort to the most overworked muscles we have as we stare at the computer screen for hours? Let’s talk about practicing good home office eye-gonomics.
I spend around 3 to 6 hours in front of a computer screen on an average day. Ophthalmologists say spending this much time in front of glowing screens is like giving the eye muscles a total workout! Just as our leg muscles become painful from too much walking, our eye muscles also develop soreness. Staring at the bright screen adds to the strain.
I was amazed when I learned of all the factors that can attribute to home office eye-gonomics; mainly digital device eye strain. Practice the following tips to ensure you maintain healthy eyes while working on your computer.
- Excessive lighting can cause eye strain. Ensure that your overhead lighting is not brighter that any digital device screen.
- Ditch glasses with old prescriptions. You can maximize your comfort with computer glasses. Did you know that you can add a digital device coating to your glasses at VisionPros? Check them out here!
- Old technology isn’t quite up to par now days. If possible, upgrade to high-resolution flat screen monitors to minimize eye fatigue.
- Don’t have your mouse too far away! This will lead to a hunched over posture closer to your screen, which increases eye focus strain.
- Your chair plays a huge role. Ensure you have sufficient back support so you can maintain a comfortable distance from your monitor.
- It’s easy to get lost in your countless excel spreadsheets. Don’t forget to blink often. It’s important to keep your eyes as moist and comfortable as possible.
- Finally, a general rule of thumb is the 20/20/20 rule: For every 20 minutes of computer work, look 20 feet (6m) away for 20 seconds.