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How do I protect my eyes while looking at a computer screen?

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  • Make sure your glasses or contacts prescription is up to date and good for looking at a computer screen.
  • Move the screen so your eyes are level with the top of the monitor. That lets you look slightly down at the screen.
  • Choose a comfortable, supportive chair. Position it so that your feet are flat on the floor.
  • Try to avoid glare from windows and lights. Use an anti-glare screen if needed.
  • If your eyes are dry, blink more.
  • Rest your eyes every 20 minutes. Look 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Get up at least every 2 hours and take a 15-minute break.

SOURCES:

National Eye Institute: "Eye Health Tips."

American Optometric Association: "Proper Nutrition Is Critical to Eye Health," "Antioxidants and Age-Related Eye Disease," "Diabetes Is the Leading Cause of Blindness Among Most Adults," "Good Vision Throughout Life," "Recommended Eye Exam Frequency for Pediatric Patients and Adults," "Shopping Guide for Sunglasses," "UV Protection With Contact Lenses," "Glaucoma," "Computer Vision Syndrome."

Archives of Ophthalmology, September 2007.

National Eye Institute: "Facts About Diabetic Retinopathy," "Finding the Right Eye Protection."

Prevent Blindness.org: "Vision Problems in the U.S."

AllAboutVision: "Eye Exam Costs and When to Have an Eye Exam."

Medline Plus: "Nicotine Addiction and Withdrawal."

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on April 18, 2018

SOURCES:

National Eye Institute: "Eye Health Tips."

American Optometric Association: "Proper Nutrition Is Critical to Eye Health," "Antioxidants and Age-Related Eye Disease," "Diabetes Is the Leading Cause of Blindness Among Most Adults," "Good Vision Throughout Life," "Recommended Eye Exam Frequency for Pediatric Patients and Adults," "Shopping Guide for Sunglasses," "UV Protection With Contact Lenses," "Glaucoma," "Computer Vision Syndrome."

Archives of Ophthalmology, September 2007.

National Eye Institute: "Facts About Diabetic Retinopathy," "Finding the Right Eye Protection."

Prevent Blindness.org: "Vision Problems in the U.S."

AllAboutVision: "Eye Exam Costs and When to Have an Eye Exam."

Medline Plus: "Nicotine Addiction and Withdrawal."

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on April 18, 2018

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