Typing and transcription is not all about getting your fingers moving or your ears listening, it is also about using your eyes to focus on the content that you are typing
We all know that eye care is important, but we usually push it to the back of our mind or leave it until it becomes an issue.
The problem is leaving it until your eyes hurt, you get headaches or something else can mean that it is too late to do something about it.
I find myself daily spending more time focusing on my screen without taking a break to rest my eyes.
What are the symptoms of eye strain?
- Eye discomfort
- Sore, tired, burning or itchy eyes
- Difficulty focusing
- Watery eyes
- Dry eyes
- Blurred or double vision
- Increased sensitivity to light
So, how can we prevent eye strain?
- Work in a well-lit environment ensuring that the room around you is well illuminated so that you aren’t staring at a super bright screen in a dark room
- Take regular breaks to ensure that your eyes are focusing on something further away and not just at your screen
- Regular eye tests are essential; the optometrist checks the health of your eyes and looks for signs of other medical conditions
- Rest your eyes, regularly look away from your computer screen and focus on distant objects. This will relax the focusing muscle inside the eye and reduces eye fatigue
- Reduce glare, glare and reflections can cause eye strain, using a anti-glare screen filter can help
- Adjust your monitor’s settings, this can help reduce eye strain and fatigue. Make sure the brightness is the same as the surroundings. You can also adjust the monitor’s colour temperature, reducing the amount of blue colours on your screen. Blue light is short-wavelength visible light that is associated with more eye strain than longer-wavelength hues, such as orange and red
- Wear lenses specifically for computers if you already use glasses or contact lenses, wearing specific prescription glasses/lenses will give you the most comfort whilst working on your computer