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Reduce computer-related eyestrain: How To Video

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How To Video: Reduce computer-related eyestrain

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If you spend long hours working at a computer, as many of us do, you may find yourself suffering from eyestrain. Sharon Vaknin offers five helpful tips to help reduce or even prevent the discomfort caused by staring at your monitor all day.

It's sitting in front of a computer all day is making your eyes burn your neck ache and your vision blurry. You might have a common problem known as eye strain in medical terms it's called computer vision syndrome and say I'll give you five tips that will hopefully. -- -- -- -- -- Sometimes a simple picture monitors thought Apple do the trick. So your monitor should be twenty to thirty inches away from your eyes if it's too far or too close adjust accordingly. Also the top of your monitor should be at eye level because it should be looking down your work not a so -- need to adjust the height of your monitor up or down. If you need extra height you can use writers like me is or hardcover books -- around. There is -- -- your eyes strain is caused by too much artificial or natural light. So if you can turn up any harsh fluorescent lights. Instead use a floral and or at -- grant and position it's that it's giving off indirect light on either side of your computer. One simple way to offset long -- that the computer is to use the 20/20 twenty rule. Every twenty minutes you find an object twenty feet away and stare at it for twenty seconds. Doing so exercise your eyes plus it'll give you -- little relief from staring at a bright -- screen all day. If you need reminders -- taking breaks consider a program like break ticker for PC or timeout for math. -- In an office or even -- home that you might have a lot of light around your desk natural light coming from a window and worst of all of backlight at your monitor. All of these things are really harsh on your eyes and cause fatigue. So one solution is -- glasses their tinted yellow it's -- -- the cool blue light that your monitor produces. In my experience they've been a big help but. You -- take some getting used to -- and you -- look like that. If -- -- is -- here and your reading materials are over there and your computer's screen is up here. You're forcing your eyes to constantly readjust those various distances which causes eye fatigue and headaches and so on and so forth. Instead your keyboard should be directly in front of your computer screen and your reading materials should be adjacent to them. An easy way to do this is to use something called a copy holder which hold your -- in -- -- type. But always have some -- hopefully you'll see a lot less stress on your eyes but if you're still suffering I it's just getting an eye exam. You might find that all you need it as a -- -- office. To give any tips or questions hit me up on Twitter and -- CNET how to from our guys like -- For cnet.com. I'm Sharon vaknin.

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