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Taking care of eyes when at the computer

health-and-fitness Updated: Jan 19, 2011 11:15 IST

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Computers play a vital role in our lives these days- be it at office or at home, computer always has an important place in our daily lives. But sitting for those long hours at the computer desk may affect your eyes. Here's a guide on how you can take care of them.

1. Keep them lubricated: Professionals these days work in an air-conditioned environment, which contributes to dryness in eyes. Also, blinking is reduced while working on the computer. Hence, it is important to soothe your eyes with a lubricating eye drop every three to four hours.

2. Take a walk: The computer has a magnetic field around it, which can cause mild headaches on hours of continuous usage. One must move out of the range of the computer every one-and-a-half to two hours, for a short while.

Eyes3. Proper adjustments: The angle of the screen, brightness and contrast must be such that it your eyes don’t get strained. You must also ensure that your posture is proper — your back straight.

4. Keep the lights on: Do not work on a computer in a dark room. The flickering of light on the computer screen causes added strain and fatigue.

5. Make it large: Keep the size of the icons on the screen, and that of the font of your documents, a size larger than what you can read/see easily. A larger font strains the eye much lesser than a tiny one.

With inputs by eye specialist Dr S Bharti, Bharti Eye Hospitals