Health Tip : Preventing Computer Eyestrain Wholistic Health Team
If you sit in front of a computer all day, you're bound to experience some eyestrain. Here are some tips to reduce red-eye: - Make sure your monitor is at, or slightly below, eye level. Keep reference material as close to the screen as possible to minimize head and eye movements and constant change in focus. - Minimize reflection and glare from room lighting, and be sure to dust the computer screen often. - Train yourself to regularly turn away from the computer and look at a distant object for a few seconds. Consciously blink your eyes frequently to keep them well lubricated. - Eat more blueberries, or try taking bilberry extract. The bilberry is a dark blue berry from a shrub found throughout Europe (the american blueberry is similar but has less pigments.) It can help protect your vision by strengthening the little blood vessels in your eyes. Effects are most noticeable in the first four hours after taking a 25 mg - 50 mg dose but wear off within 24 hours. You can find bilberry capsules in health food stores. Try to buy standardized extracts that specify flavonoid content.