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Reduce Eye Strain – Cut the glare; Follow the 20/20 rule

Staring at a computer screen for long periods of time can not only make you very tired at the end of the day, it can cause serious eye problems. The following are a few easy tips to follow to avoid these issues:

  1. Reduce Glare. Position or angle your monitor away form lights and widows to reduce glare. Consider using a desk lamp that filters light, rather than relying on those bright overhead lights. And if you don’t have your own office and are forced to use overheads, consider applying a glare filter to your monitor screen.
  2. Monitor Position. The optimal position for a computer monitor is slightly below eye level and roughly 28 inches—or an arms length away from you.
  3. Follow the 20/20 Rule. For every 20 minutes you stare at your screen, look away or close eyes for 20 seconds to allow them some rest. Try to blink more often, as your eyes tend to dry out when looking at your monitor.
  4. Adjust Brightness, Contrast and Font Size. Don’t settle for the factory settings on your machine. These can be easily adjusted to reduce eye strain. Brightness and Contrast are controlled via settings. If your font size is too small, many applications (including internet browsers and email)—both mac and pc—have keyboard shortcuts to increase or decrease font size. Macs and PCs have global font size settings to increase size as well. A simple internet search will show you how to do this.

Yours in health,

Tip: Use two hands for your smartphone to avoid injury

The allure of the smartphone is the ability to use it with one hand (typing with your thumb) while out and about, multitasking, holding a shopping bag, a work bag, a baby, etc. However, this also creates unnecessary stress and strain on your tendons, ligaments, and joints—contributing to pain, numbness and tingling. Putting your thumb in such an awkward position repetitively over time can eventually lead to tendonitis and arthritis.

The convenience of one hand use is simply not worth it in the end! Forget about convenience and think of your health instead. So start holding the smartphone in one hand and with the other hand alternate between thumb and index finger when typing responses to texts, creating messages, or browsing the web.

I recently upgraded my smartphone to one of the larger industry sizes (iPhone 6 Plus). At first I wasn’t happy with the large size, but I realized later that the size of the device was forcing me to use two hands to operate it. This was an unintended benefit and has eliminated any pain I was experiencing!

Yours in health,