Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Is eye-strain causing your fatigue (and headaches)?

This morning I read that "increasing the font size on your computer screen can help prevent eye strain and headaches." You don't say.

I spend hours everyday staring at this screen. Often I strain to read text that is too small or in a color that fades back ... way back. So, I was excited to find this easy tip to increase the font size in my browser. Here it is:

PC Users: Simultaneously press

CTRL Key + SHIFT Key + Plus (+) Key
Minus (-) Key to decrease size

MAC Users: Simultaneously press

COMMAND Key + SHIFT Key + Plus (+) Key
Minus (-) Key to decrease size


Michael Edson, MS, L.Ac. said...

Our eyes and vision were designed for viewing distance as hunters and gatherers, and not for ongoing near work as required by regular computer use. As a result, Computer Eye Strain is becoming one of the major eye complaints heard by eye doctors today.

Symptoms can include increased myopia, blurred vision, headaches, slow refocusing, difficulty concentrating, neck, shoulder and back pain

Eye strain can be reduced significantly by taking regular breaks from the computer, resting your eyes, stretching and doing eye exercises.

For a demo of 3 great eye exercises by Dr. Grossman, one of the Country's leading behavioral optometrists, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W10j2fL0hy0

Dr. Grossman also offers his free eye exercise booklet at his website at Natural Eye Care Free Eye Exercises with his 11 favorite eye exercises and acupressure eye points to massage regularly.

Finally, there is also an excellent section at his website on "Computer Eye Strain" under "Eye Diseases" that provides a Computer Eye Strain “Self-Help“ section with great tips of relieving eyestrain due to computer use.

For more information, go to Natural Eye Care for Computer Eye Strain

Viveca said...

Excellent info Michael. Thanks for sharing. I am going to check out those eye-exercises right now!