how to protect your eyes if you work at a computer

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This is something that has been on my mind a lot lately. I am now working for a digital marketing company, and in my free time I blog and take photos. So, needless to say, I work on my computer frequently. This is tricky — I love to write, but this digital pass time is taking its toll on my eyes.

So, I did a little research about how to preserve your eyes when you work at a computer, and I want to share my findings with all of you. I am going to test these out today at work. We’ll see how it goes!

  1. 20-20-20 Break: For every 20 minutes you are using the computer, spend 20 seconds looking at something 20 feet away from you.
  2. Sit an arm’s length away from the monitor.
  3. Remember to blink!
  4. Avoid working under overhead florescent lighting. (Florescent lighting might be one of my least favorite inventions.)
  5. Upgrade to an LCD screen.
  6. Keep the brightness of your computer the same as the room where you are working.
  7. Lower your computer’s color temperature. The less blue light the better!
  8. Take frequent breaks and move around. (In my case, this means basically doing yoga in the hallway.)
  9. Buy computer glasses.
  10. Unplug!

These were some of the points I found on multiple blogs and websites. I’m excited to start trying them out!

I do want to emphasize the importance of the last listen item: Unplugging. Many of my friends and family members know that this is one of my top stress relieving tips. Stop using your phone an hour before bed, and don’t even think about touching it until you are fully awake, dressed, and ready to face the world in the morning. There are certain times of the day that should belong only to you.

Especially for writers and other digital artists, technology opens up incredible creative opportunities, but it can also be quite harmful. In general, I think it important to understand technology’s role in our lives and to strike a balance when using it.

Readers! What techniques to you use to keep your eyeballs happy while working on your computer? Let me know in the comments.

Much love!

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