Computers and Your Vision: Tips for Contact Lens Users

Many people spend hours each day staring at a computer screen. Typing, reading and viewing different types of media on an illuminated screen for extended hours can cause strain on your eyes. Everyone can benefit from heightened awareness of the amount of time they spend in front of a computer, but people who require vision correction and wear contact lenses should take extra precautions to limit further damage to their eyes.

Tips for Working on a Computer and Wearing Contact Lenses

When wearing contacts, you may notice increased eye sensitivity when working at your computer. Staring at a screen all day reduces your blink rate and causes you to blur and refocus your vision often, leading to dryness, irritation, eye strain and fatigue. If your job requires you to work at a computer, follow these tips to relieve discomfort:

  • Adjust your seat – When your gaze is relaxed, looking straight ahead, you should be staring just above your monitor. Keeping your seat and screen at the appropriate level will not only help your eyes, but also keep your neck and back in a comfortable position as you work throughout the week.
  • Blink – It may sound and feel silly to do, but making a conscious effort to blink will help keep your contacts from drying out. Especially when we are focused on work, it can be easy to blink less often when staring at a lit screen.
  • Look elsewhere – Take a break every 20 minutes by looking away from your computer for at least 20 seconds. Focus on something six metres away and keep your eyes moving during this rest period. It will help relieve strain and limit eye fatigue throughout the day.
  • Reduce glare – Try to position your screen away from a window. The brightness behind your screen can add stress to your eyes. Similarly, if the room is too dark it can cause discomfort. Make sure the room is well-lit.
  • Stay hydrated – Drink lots of water throughout the day, which will help your body and eyes stay hydrated.

The best way to reduce eye strain and fatigue is to get contact lenses or eyeglasses that are perfectly suited to your vision correction needs. New advancements in contact lenses can provide UV protection and extended-wear options to fit your lifestyle. Visit your optometrist or local eye doctor to update your prescription. The Optometrists Clinic Inc. can help get you properly fitted contact lenses to maintain good vision health and productivity. Contact us at one of our locations in Alberta to learn more or to book your appointment with an eye doctor.