Do you ever feel like everything is just getting harder to read these days? It must be that food labels, street signs and online articles (like this one) are using smaller font—or maybe your eyesight isn’t as sharp as it used to be. Fortunately, there are several easy steps that you can take to make it easier on your eyes to decipher the small print you are reading on your computer screen right now:
- Increase font size—Use the Zoom tool on the far right of your screen to make text larger and easier to read.
- Purchase a larger monitor—A larger monitor will make font, photos and captions larger so you can surf the web, word process and check your email with ease.
- Adjust your screen—Digital screens emit blue light, high-energy light waves that penetrate deep into the eyes and can cause eye damage. Adjust your computer screen to minimize glare. You can also consider adding a filter to your screen.
- Add ambient lighting to your office or room—Overhead lighting can increase eye strain. Consider purchasing floor lamps or desk lamps that provide softer light instead of harsh, fluorescent light.
- Take regular breaks—Computer vision syndrome can cause eye fatigue, eye strain, red eyes, dry eye, and eye irritation. Taking regular breaks from your computer screen will help prevent computer vision syndrome. Every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break and look at an object at least 20 feet away.
There’s no need to put unnecessary strain on your eyes, so follow these tips to make it easier to read this article—and everything else too! As always, make it a habit to schedule a comprehensive eye exam with your eye doctor to make sure that your prescription is updated. Wearing old glasses is a common cause of eye strain and discomfort.