Dry eye is a very common problem among computer users. There are two the most widespread reasons for the computer users’ dry eye problem:
- Much less frequent blinking. Computer users’ frequency of blinking is about a third of the normal rate;
- Wide opened eyes, while looking at the monitor, leads to an increase the tears evaporation speed from the surface of the eye.
Family eye care tips for computer users to reduce dry eye syndrome
- Set your monitor screen in correct position. The center of the screen should be at 4-7” below the user’s eyes.
- The distance to the monitor should be at least 20”
- Blink more often at the first symptoms of dry eye. Actually, you should try to blink more often all the time while working at computer.
- It should also close your eyes from time to time and make a few circular motions with your eyes.
- Have 2-3-minute breaks every 20-30 minutes of work at computer. Focus your eyesight at long distance objects during these breaks.
- Use a special eye drops (tear substitutes).
- Limit time working at a computer as more as you can. Ideally you should not work at a computer more than 4 hours a day.
If dry eye syndrome worries you often, we at Family Eye Care Tips recommend you to not neglect a visit to an ophthalmologist, and do not engage self curing.