How Work-at-Home Moms Can Prevent Computer Eye Strain
There’s no denying that the internet revolution has opened up an entirely new world of possibilities for stay-home moms that would like to earn a little extra money on the side to supplement the household income even as they continue to raise a family. It used to be that job opportunities for stay-home moms were extremely limited. But now, a background that includes office-related skills could net you remote work in any number of fields, such as virtual assistance (clerical work), medical billing, online marketing or website optimization, blogging, web design, and more. With a laptop and a wireless router in the home, you can virtually earn a living while actually watching your kids throughout the day. However, there are some drawbacks to spending all day in front of a computer monitor, mainly the eye strain that results from staring at a glaring screen all day. So here are just a few ways to prevent the sore, tired eyes and headaches that come with the job.
- Adjust your monitor. This is one of the easiest ways to do your eyes a favor when you force them into extended service. A monitor on the wrong settings can wreak havoc on the health of your eyes, causing undue strain. But this can be quickly addressed by a few simple adjustments to the brightness and font size. All you need to do is set the brightness so that it’s neither glaring nor dim. Trial and error will help you to determine the optimum level for your eyes. You should also avoid weirdo color schemes. Stick to white backgrounds with black text whenever possible. From there you can set the font to a larger size. Too small and you could be squinting to read the fine print.
- Take a break. This is absolutely essential when you’re staring at a screen all day. You should take breaks every 20-30 minutes to look away from the monitor and exercise your tired eyes. Choose an object that is nearby and one that is farther away. Focus on one for ten seconds, then the other for a count of ten, repeating the exercise ten times. By devoting just a few minutes each day to this simple exercise you could greatly reduce eye strain and protect your long-term optical health.
- Remember to blink. Most people don’t have to remind themselves to blink; this activity happens just as naturally as breathing. But studies have shown that people glued to a monitor blink significantly less, and the lubrication you’re missing out on could contribute to eye strain. While you can certainly substitute eye drops for the fluid coating you’re missing out on all day, the better course of action is to use natural lubrication as much as possible. Think about adding a post-it note to your desktop to remind you to blink.
- Acupressure. No, this isn’t the thing with needles (that’s acupuncture), but it is similar. By using pressure points around the eyes you can help them to relax, thus preventing or reducing eye strain, and all you need are your fingertips and a handy guide. Check out BastyrCenter.org (perform a search on their site for “eye strain”) to find informative articles on how to perform acupressure on yourself in order to treat eye strain.
- Visual aids. You might not be keen to spend hundreds of dollars on frames and lenses, but if you’re suffering from eye strain (or you’d like to prevent it), a pair specially designed for use with computers could come in handy. There are plenty of ways to save money (like ordering Warby Parker glasses, for example, which are known for stylish frames at an affordable cost), and with extras like anti-glare coating you can use these ocular tools to combat the effects of staring at a monitor all day. When it comes to working from home, your eyes are your bread and butter. So you need to protect your visual health; luckily it doesn’t have to break the bank.
Photo credit: jeddahbeautyblog.com