I work using a computer for 8 hours a day. Sometimes my eyes hurt. My friend recommended that I should use eyestrain-reducing software. Is software a good way to solve this problem? If so, what are the important things to look for? If not, what else can I do instead? I'm not wearing any glasses.
A few things I can suggest:
- Get your eyes checked out. Your vision may be OK for most tasks, but a slight vision issue over time can cause headaches and eyestrain.
- If possible, take your gaze off the monitor at least once every 20 minutes
- Try adjusting the monitor settings and workspace settings (again if possible). Does a brighter/dimmer monitor help or hurt? Does brighter/dimmer ambient lighting help or hurt?
My friend recommended that I should use eyestrain-reducing software. Is software a good way to solve this problem? If so, what are the important things to look for? If not, what else can I do instead?
For medical advice, don't follow recommendations of a friend, and don't ask what to do from strangers on the internet. Often the recommendation on workplace on a problem is "go see a lawyer".
My advice is go see a doctor. Yes, it's likely it's nothing serious and some simple adjustments will do. But it also might be a symptom of more serious things.
15 years ago, I had similar problems. I did go see a doctor, and it turned out to be caused by type 2 diabetes. Once I got medication, I no longer had problems with my eyes while using a computer for hours.
Again, don't get worried, chances are the symptoms are nothing serious. But why take the risk?
I used to suffer a lot of eye strain as well. I am working at a computer all day as well. What actually was my issue (apart from not having short breaks now and then), was actually that I needed vision training. My eye muscles had a tougher time focusing on something rather close than optimal - as a PC monitor for example. I went to a specialist that gave me some exercises to fix this, which solved my problem.
Depends on the cause of the strain:
If you are using a font that is too small, you tend to try to focus. This affects the muscles in your eyes that change the shape of your eyeball.
- Try increasing the screen font size to the next size up.
I find that newer LED monitors are too bright, and too high contrast.
There usually is a button that brings up an on screen menu where you can control brightness and contrast. Try playing with this.
Try a different colour scheme. I do all my file editing in a window using dark blue type on a wheat coloured background.
There is often not enough room light. Whenever you look away from your monitor, your eyes dilate to get more light, then contract again when you look back to the screen.
- Increase room lighting in your normal field of view.
- Dim your screen.
If your monitor sits so that one edge of it is nearer your eyes than the other edge, then your eyes have to constantly shift focus as they move around the screen
- Move your monitor so that the centre of the monitor is at right angles to your line of vision.
If your eyes are used to reading at a distance of 14-16 inches (common position to hold a book or magazine) and your computer monitor is at 24 inches, then you are focusing at the wrong distance for you.
- Try moving your monitors closer to your eyes. Note that many monitors doing this will also mean you are looking down more. Put a phone book or two under your monitor.
As someone who suffers from the same thing and I always give my eyes I checkup I have few advices for :
- Go see a doctor ASAP, you may be allergic to something and it has nothing to do with computer or anything related, so it's better to pay your eyes' doctor a visit.
- When you are using a computer, your eyes don't blink a lot which causes them to be dry due to that, when you eyes are dry you start feeling as if there's sand in them or something like that, you have few solutions, either don't use laptop for a long period of time in one go, or there are some artificial tears that you can buy at a drug store, they're good to prevent your eyes from getting dry, and you can use them once every two hours or something, it depends on what you bought and beware of allergic reactions.
- Blue light, since it's found that it can cause damage to the eyes, there are Blue light reduction glasses, you can use that, or you can simply turn on Night Mode in your laptop, it's the same thing (In case you have good eyesight, otherwise you should buy glasses), but beware of UV light, there's the blue light from your screen and there's the sun, so you should take good care of your eyes because you only have 2 of them and no money can buy that.
Those are some informations that I've gathered from my doctor since I also use a laptop for at least 8 hours a day. But the best thing you should do is get an appointment and see a doctor, he has better knowledge and experience and he can help you in case there are other things that you didn't know about your eyes.
- I just saw that you do not wear glasses, I advise you to buy them (blue light reduction ones) even if you find that your vision is OK, leave them besides your computer, it doesn't hurt to wear them, better safe than sorry.
- There's another problem that I have with my eyes, I don't know the term in english, but in general, my eyes are doing great effort to gather an image, and that effort makes them tired and with time it gives a headache etc ... so I'm wearing glasses to reduce the strain on them, ask your doctor later because you may have the same problem
Wish you good health.
Many comment points out "blue light reduction", I think that's great for working a few hours before sleeping, to not tricking your blain into thinking it's still noon. However, I have my doubts on its effect on eyestrain.
Depending on whether your work is text-bases or not, you may choose to use light or dark backgrounds. Generally speaking, staring at a white creen for hours will have a really bad outcome. Many programs such as Excel or WPS implement an "eye-protection mode" that change the classical white background for a greenish one.
For software development tools, completely black background are often available. Experiment with the different possibilities and pick the one that works best for you!
Finally, periodic short breaks are critical!