Window treatments can minimize eye problems related to computer glare

Apr 11 2011

One way to reduce eye strain from computer work is to eliminate glare on the screen.
One way to reduce eye strain from computer work is to eliminate glare on the screen.
Dry or sore eyes, headaches, blurred vision - all are symptoms that can affect both children and adults who spend long periods on a computer.


According to AllAboutVision.com, the problems associated with an eye problem called computer vision syndrome can be reversed with prescription glasses for computer use that also have tints and coatings that ease eye strain.
"I also recommend taking breaks every 15 to 30 minutes where you look at something real far away, like out a window, to relax your focusing muscles," Dr. Burt Dubow, an optometrist in St. Cloud, Minnesota, told the website.

"You should also make sure the lighting is correct for the activity you are doing - bright for reading and a bit dimmer for computer work - with no glare."


One way to minimize CVS is to check for sources of glare on the computer screen. A monitor can act as a mirror by reflecting shiny walls and light sources. They can be repositioned, but often moving the screen isn't an option within the configuration of a workspace.


In such cases, a window treatment that cuts glare is an easier adjustment. Solar shades can significantly reduce the sun's glare on television and computer screens without losing visibility of the outdoors.
 
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