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You depend on your computer monitor to get work done, but you depend on your eyesight even more! This is why you should make sure that you take every possible step to reduce the strain that your computer monitor is having on your eyes. According to the American Optometrist Association, about 143 million Americans work in front of a computer, and 70% of these people suffer from related eyestrain. [1] In this article, we will look at the different steps you can take to reduce computer monitor eyestrain. Fortunately, these steps are easy and relatively inexpensive as well.

If you are using a very old monitor and can afford to replace it, then you should. Monitor image quality greatly decreases over time. [2] Monitor prices have dropped significantly in the last five years, and today it is possible to get a HDTV resolution monitor for a modest price.

Whether you have an old monitor or a new one, it pays to experiment. The odds that your monitor is correctly calibrated out of the box are next to zero. This means that you will want to invest the time to change different settings until you get an image quality that is easiest on your eyes. Achieving optimal results may take some time and effort, but it is worth it. Also, consider writing down your monitor settings in case there is every a problem and they are somehow reset.

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An additional, easy way of addressing computer monitor related eyestrain is to invest in a computer glare screen. These screens are inexpensive and can help you take some of the strain off of your eyes.

Consider changing the position of your monitor on your desktop from time to time. This will force you to use your eyes in a different way and may reduce eye fatigue. The simple act of using your eyes in a different fashion can often work wonders.

Buying a higher resolution screen is one way to reduce eye fatigue and another is to use two monitors instead of one. Having a second monitor has also been shown to increase productivity, as you don’t need to open, close and minimize as many windows. While this isn’t an issue for everyone, if you are a heavy multitasker, then this tip will definitely lessen your eye fatigue.

One of the more important steps you can take in reducing the eye fatigue you are experiencing from your monitor is to have an eye exam. You might discover that your prescription has changed. If this is the case, then you may need new eyeglasses. There are ophthalmologists who actually specialize in computer vision care. [3] A new prescription, whether it’s in designer eyeglasses, men’s eyeglasses or discount eyeglasses, could make your eyes feel new again. A computer vision care specialist may even recommend special computer glasses, which will help to make the screen clearer for you.

Rest is always the best cure for any fatigue. At work you might not be able to take prolonged breaks every hour, but that doesn’t mean that you can look away from your screen for a few seconds every now and again. Just looking away from your screen for a few moments can give your eyes just the break that they need.

1. http://www.allaboutvision.com/cvs/faqs.htm
2. http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/10/monitormonitor.html
3. http://www.allaboutvision.com/cvs/faqs.htm

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