7 Top Tips to Optimise Your Workspace for Eye Health

by Ben Boyle on 22nd April 2022

Glasses & workplace


Did you know that your working environment can have a significant impact on your eye health? If you're not taking the necessary precautions, you could be putting yourself at risk of developing vision problems. In fact, according to the World Health Organisation, around 90% of cases of visual impairment are either preventable or treatable.

In this blog post, we will discuss 7 top tips for optimising your workspace and keeping your eyes healthy.


Take a Break and Move Around!

If you work at a computer all day, it is important to take regular breaks. Every 20 minutes or so, look away from your screen and focus on something in the distance for at least 20 seconds. This will help to reduce eye strain and prevent headaches.

Additionally, make sure to get up and move around at least once every hour. Walking around for a few minutes will help improve your circulation and help to keep your eyes healthy.


Position Your Screen Correctly

You should also make sure that your computer screen is positioned so that your eyes are level with the top of the monitor. This will help to reduce strain on your neck and shoulders. In addition, make sure that your screen is not too close to your eyes. The recommended distance is around 50-70cm.


Light Your Workspace Well

It is important to have a well-lit workspace in order to reduce eye strain. Avoid working in dim light or direct sunlight. If possible, position your screen so that there is no glare from windows or overhead lights.


Use Glasses or Contacts

If you already wear glasses or contacts, make sure that you wear them when working at a computer. You should also consider getting prescription glasses specifically designed for computer use. These will help to reduce eye strain and prevent headaches.

If you don't already wear glasses or contacts, you may want to consider getting your eyes checked - particularly if you are using a computer for long periods. Many people who wear glasses solely for computer use find that they have less eye strain and fewer headaches - even if they don't need them for everyday activities.


Increase Text Size

If you find yourself squinting at your screen, it is probably time to increase the text size. This will help reduce eye strain and make it easier for you to read. In addition, you should also consider increasing the font size on your mobile device.

Most computers have a setting that allows you to increase or decrease the text size. To find this setting, look for the ‘view’ or ‘display’ options in your computer's settings menu. On a Mac, you can also use the ‘accessibility’ options to increase the text size.

For most Android devices, you can go to ‘settings’ and then ‘display’ to find the text size options.

If you are using an iPhone or iPad, you can go to ‘settings’, ‘display & brightness’, and then ‘text size’ to change the font size.

You may also want to consider installing a browser extension that allows you to increase the text size on websites.


Adjust Screen Brightness

If you find your eyes becoming tired, it may be because the screen is too bright. You can reduce eye strain by adjusting the screen brightness to a more comfortable level.

To adjust the screen brightness on a Windows computer, go to ‘control panel’ and then ‘display’. From here, you can adjust the ‘screen resolution’ and the ‘brightness’. On a Mac, you can go to ‘system preferences’ and then ‘displays’. From here, you can adjust the ‘brightness’.

For most Android devices, you can go to ‘settings’ and then ‘display’ to find the screen brightness options.

If you are using an iPhone or iPad, you can go to ‘settings’, ‘display & brightness’ and then ‘brightness’ to change the screen brightness.


Block Blue Light

Exposure to blue light can cause several problems, including eye strain, headaches and difficulty sleeping. To reduce exposure to blue light, you can use glasses that block blue light or install a software filter on your computer.

On Apple devices, there is a built-in ‘night shift’ feature that will reduce the amount of blue light emitted from the device.

For Android devices, there are several different apps that you can download that will filter out blue light.


Blue light blocking


Shielding your eyes from blue light with glasses can help ensure comfort for your eyes throughout your day. Adding a blue light filter to your everyday glasses lenses means your eyes will always be shielded from blue light, whether that be form your phone, laptop, or television. Protecting your eyes from blue light throughout the day can help improve sleep quality and leave your eyes feeling more fresh throughout your working day.

Glasses2You offer the option for blue light filtered lenses to be added to any of our glasses


Conclusion

By following these tips, you can help reduce eye strain, make your workspace more comfortable, and ensure you are doing everything you can to protect the health of your eyes. Remember, if you have any concerns about your eyesight, it is important to see an optometrist or doctor - they will be able to give you specific advice about how to care for your eyes.

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