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5 ways to go easy on the eyes

As many as nine in 10 people using computers at work suffer from vision problems, according to the American Optometric Association. Learn to go easy on your eyes with these five steps:

  1. Take “eye breaks,” even if only for a minute or two, every half hour. Focus your eyes on a distant object to help refresh your vision.
  2. Adjust your monitor’s brightness to a comfortable level—not too bright, not too dim. Make sure the contrast between the characters on the monitor and the background is easy to read.
  3. Use window coverings or dimmer switches on lights to minimize glare on the monitor. Place your monitor perpendicular to windows and other light sources, purchase an antiglare screen or wear tinted glasses.
  4. Position the monitor 16 to 30 inches from your eyes, depending on screen size and how good your vision is. Keep the top of the monitor slightly below eye level.
  5. Keep lubricating eye drops at your desk for a case of dry eyes.