Health and Wellness Blog Post

Blog post Spec by Melissa Abbott

Glasses and Keyboard

Exercises for eye strain and tips that help prevent it

Computer screens can strain your eyes, especially if you spend many hours in front of one.  Luckily, there are exercises for eye strain. These tips will help prevent it. They are easy to do and implement, so you won’t even have to think about it.  Please share this info with everybody you know who works in front of a computer.  They’ll be thanking you!

I wear glasses, and I see my eye doctor regularly.  And I have had eye strain.  I take my eyes for granted and push them to their limit.  Now, I follow these tips to take better care of my precious eyes so, that I’ll be able to write for years to come.

Eye Exercises

Yes, your eyes need exercise, too.  Focusing too much in one way is like making your eyes do calisthenics and leads to strained and tired eye muscles.  Do this instead:

Every 20 minutes stop and look long distance for 20 seconds.

Look long distance then look short distance for 10-15 seconds each for ten times.

Every 20 minutes blink your eyes ten times slowly like you’re falling asleep.


Office Setup
Appropriate Lighting and Furniture Placement


Squinting and trying to make your eyes work better isn’t the answer.  It’s the lighting.

Minimize glare by using good lighting and pull shades or curtains to block the sunlight that causes glare on your computer screen.

If you’re typing from a printed or hand-written page, light that page, too, to equalize the light from your PC to your eye and the page to your eye.

Adjust your computer screen for brightness, text size, contrast and color temperature (found in the control panel for Windows and display settings for Apple).

More Healthy Tips

Is your chair at the correct height?  You may need to adjust this.

Sit a proper distance from your computer.  Remember how your mom would tell you not to sit to0 close to the TV?

Don’t forget to blink more often.

Take more breaks.  Sitting isn’t healthy for you, either.  Get up, stretch, exercise, take a long look outside across the street to see what the neighbors are up to, etc.

With practice, these eye exercises and tips will prevent eye strain and in no time at all become a habit that will keep your eyes healthy for years to come.