How to minimize eye strain from staring at a display all day?

ehtan

My eyes have really began bothering me when I am at my desk working on a PC for any length of time. After a couple of hours I get a headache and my eyes feel terrible. It doesn’t happen when I do similar things for the same period, such as read a book or watch video/read on a tablet or phone. Are there any things that you have found effective at reducing eye strain?

Topic: Hardware
Answer this Question

Answers

4 total
bralphye
Vote Up (12)

There is a good chance glare is causing your eyestrain problem. The first thing I would try is one of those anti-glare screen covers. They costs $30+, but if it solves your problem it would be worth it. If you wear glasses, make sure you get anti-glare coating on your lenses. A cheap thing to try is to simply reposition your display to change the glare that is on there now. That might not help if you are in an office brightly lit with overhead lights, but if you are beside a window in may do the trick. Another thing I do that sometimes helps a little is to change my focal distance regularly. Look up from your display, look at something in the distance, look at something a few feet away, etc. It's not a magic bullet, but it does seem to help for me. 

 

jimlynch
Vote Up (11)

Get rid of any glare, but be sure to also turn down your monitor's brightness to a comfortable level. Sometimes people have the brightness turned way up, and that can cause a lot of eye strain.

jimlynch
Vote Up (9)
deepflame
Vote Up (1)

My eyes were bothering me as well. I do not know if my reason is the same for you but here is my story.

 

Some years back I bought a new MacbookPro with LED backlight. I did not have any issues at all at first but I noticed that I got headaches more and more the longer I sat in front of the screen. The worst was some months ago where I got very dizzy and had strong headaches. The feeling was still noticable even the next day.

 

Research on the internet showed me that I was not alone and that other people were experiencing problems as well - especially with LED backlit screens.

 

So it seemed that the problems I had were not because "I just got older". It seemed to be the display technology.

 

You can check out more on this site from Eizo here:

http://www.eizo.com/global/library/basics/eyestrain/

 

This shows that the main problem with LED backlit displays are two things:

  - the PWM flickering

  - the emission of blue light from the LEDs

 

To attack the problem I bought a PWM flickerfree screen. You do not need to buy one from Eizo. There are multiple vendors now that have those up their sleaves. You can also check out a list of flicker free screens here:

http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/articles/flicker_free_database.htm

 

With the flicker free screen I had some relief but still had issues and could not work long hours.

The solution was to buy a blue light filter for my glasses.

 

If you have good eyes or contact lenses you could buy one of those "computer glasses" with yellowish lenses or if you wear glasses like I do you could buy a clip on. I found mine on Amazon. It really looks strange at first but it is worth the relief it gives me.

 

Being able to work in front of the screen for hours again is invaluable!

 

Ask a question

Join Now or Sign In to ask a question.
Partners Toshiba and SanDisk have developed 15-nanometer process technology for NAND flash memory widely used in smartphones and tablets.
Can your tablet withstand a 2-meter drop or be submerged in water for 30 minutes and keep functioning? The new $5,000 tablets from Xplore Technologies can.
U.S. iPhone and iPad sales skewed more toward devices with less storage space in the March quarter compared to the final three-month period of 2013.
Mobile office suite Polaris Office now offers a cloud option for storing your documents. But in all the metrics that matter--price, privacy, and functionality--you'd be better served by passing it by.
The price of Samsung's latest 28-inch 4K monitor has dropped by $100 to just under US$600, which could be a precursor to 4K monitor prices further plummeting as the technology goes mainstream.
Many Americans think the next 50 years will bring custom-ordered, made-to-order organ generation, teleportation and robots that care for the elderly and sick. But not everyone's so hopeful.
When you can finally afford dual 4k monitors, the new Thunderbolt will have the bandwidth you will need.
Some cloud storage providers who hope to be on the leading edge of cloud security adopt a "zero-knowledge" policy in which vendors say it is impossible for customer data to be snooped on. But a recent study by computer scientists at Johns Hopkins University is questioning just how secure those zero knowledge tactics are.
In today's accessible technology roundup: Google wants to embed cameras in contact lenses, Apple gets a patent for a new GUI for touch devices to improve accessibility and a hacker develops a virtual cane for the blind
Advanced Micro Devices doesn't want its chips in low-priced tablets, and is eager to avoid a battle with Intel or ARM, whose chips have driven tablet prices down to under US$100.

White Papers & Webcasts

See more White Papers | Webcasts

Join us:
Facebook

Twitter

Pinterest

Tumblr

LinkedIn

Google+

randomness