Don't You Have Eye Strain? How Do You Handle or Solve it?

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Hi!

I do..I want to get rid of this problem as it has been slowing down my pace in affiliate marketing last week. I took 4 days off from internet marketing and from my PC.

Just want to share with you on a link that I found on computer eye strain, I hope it will be beneficial for you.

Computer Eye Strain: How to Relieve It with free eye exercises, nutrition, lifestyle

Kiki
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  • Profile picture of the author dsmpublishing
    Hi kiki

    i have similar problems myself i have eye problems anyway and it doesnt help the hours i spend on the pc but i spread it out rather than sitting in front of it all at once.

    Like i will work in the evening and morning then have a break during the day.

    kind regards


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  • Profile picture of the author Anup Mahajan
    A few years back I received an email regarding 20/20 technique that anyone can use to reduce the strain on eyes. Basically it involves looking at an object that is at least 20 feet away after every 20 minutes of computer usage for few minutes.. I do not remember the exact website but you might be able to find it .. I found that technique really helpful


    edit- just saw that the site that you referred has a similar technique which is great
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Brock
      There's not really anything you can do about it.

      You know how when you work out a certain muscle a lot it becomes really sore?

      Well the muscle that focuses your eye becomes sore from having to focus at a certain distance for extended periods of time.

      The more you use the computer, the longer you can go without getting eye strain - however, there is no way to totally avoid it.

      Also, bad glare and back lighting can effect eye strain too.

      I have these glasses that work a little bit:

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      Take some getting used to, but does help slightly with the eye strain problems.
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      • Profile picture of the author IMStudentforlife
        The best advice I got was to go outside and focus on something far away, airplane, mountains whatever. Plus probably not a bad idea to get some fresh air..
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  • Buy a better monitor and video card. Make sure you have everything set up correctly. And get a screen calibrator.

    Many of your problems could be related to your hardware and you don't even know it.

    You should also investigate glare and ambient lighting and the position of your work space in relation to lighting.

    You should also save and invest in the best ergonomic office set up you can afford.

    If you are having problems you should also not take online advice and go see a real doctor in person.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sleeq
    I agree, buy a high quality monitor and decent video card.

    The higher the refresh rate offered at your preferred resolution is a must and can reduce your eye soreness.

    As for the retinal damage - this is something that will take time to heal.

    I've heard of cases of burst blood vessels in the back of the eye caused by staring too long at CRTs, so limit your usage over the next few weeks / months.

    I'll admit, mine are starting to hurt too!

    Apologies again, for being a newbie!
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    • Profile picture of the author Tina Golden
      Try adjusting the brightness of your computer monitor and the contrast. I played around with mine and it's made a world of difference.

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      • Profile picture of the author Daniel Brock
        Originally Posted by TMG Enterprises View Post

        Try adjusting the brightness of your computer monitor and the contrast. I played around with mine and it's made a world of difference.

        Tina
        In other words, replicate what the Amazon Kindle screen does as much as possible.

        I kill the backlighting on all of my work monitors so that I dont have this bright light bulb shinning in my eyes all day long.

        Good tip
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        • Profile picture of the author WyzoMarketing
          Originally Posted by Daniel Brock View Post

          In other words, replicate what the Amazon Kindle screen does as much as possible.

          I kill the backlighting on all of my work monitors so that I dont have this bright light bulb shinning in my eyes all day long.

          Good tip
          Interesting I found that my eyes and head ache a lot more when using low-brightness! In fact I have a LED backlit monitor now and all my eye problems are gone.
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      • Profile picture of the author simba
        Originally Posted by TMG Enterprises View Post

        Try adjusting the brightness of your computer monitor and the contrast. I played around with mine and it's made a world of difference.

        Tina
        Hi Tina,

        Is that true? I have tried everything! Including adjusting light/contrast but no help. Headaches every single day.
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  • Profile picture of the author Online Bliss
    Reading Glasses, Seriously.
    The only time I wear glasses is when I'm on the computer.
    Without them I do have eye strain.
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  • Profile picture of the author RebeccaL
    Get an eye test.. if you're not wearing glasses you might need them. If you are wearing them you might need a new prescription.
    Glare is also a big one. I find when I open the blinds behind my computer I get terrible strain, best to have no sunlight shining in on you from the front.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Here's one most people don't think about...

      When was the last time you cleaned the dust off your monitor? A light coating that you don't even notice when it's on can fuzz the edges of letters and graphics enough to cause eyestrain as your eyes try to force the objects into sharp focus.

      Avoiding glare is a biggie.

      If you use fluorescent lights, make sure your refresh rate is different than the AC rate your house current provides. For example, most systems in the USA provide 60 Hz AC. If your refresh rate is also set to that rate, you can get some weird pulsation which is really tough on the eyes. Another side effect of the refresh rate is that people sometimes forget to blink (my eye doctor gave me that one) so your eyes dry out and the focal length shifts very slightly.

      Changing the distance you focus at frequently helps me. I have a pine tree across the road, so periodically I look out my office window and try to pick out individual branches and even needles.
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      • Profile picture of the author LadyL08
        My eyes used to get sooo red, even though they didn't hurt. I read up on eye strain and also the fact that I am over 40 didn't help. What I did was to go to Sam's Club and got a 5-pack of reading glasses of strength 1.25. I could hardly see a difference but my redness went away in a day. I keep a pair at every computer I might be at, plus one in my purse.
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  • Profile picture of the author spearce000
    Before I got my flat screen monitor I used an anti-glare screen on my old CRT; this helped a lot. I also use a software program called WorkPace WorkPace : RSI Injury Prevention Software, Stretch Break Exercise Reminder Software Download, Prevent Computer Related Repetitive Stress Injury. It's primarily designed to prevent RSI, but its regime of enforced brakes away from the screen has helped to slow down the deteriation in my eyesight.
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  • I recommend using this software:

    JAWS For Windows (JFW)

    It's a screenreading software. I use it all the time. I'm using it now to write this.

    My laptop's monitor is turned off each time I use it.

    I keep my laptop, with its lid closed, in my beltbag while I'm using it.

    I use a Bluetooth keyboard. I don't use a mouse since the software has great keyboard shortcut functions for mouse actions.

    I just connected a good portable speaker to my laptop. I also keep the portable speaker in my beltbag.

    Been totally blind for more than 6 years now, and the software's been really useful. Don't have eye problems though (well, other than total blindness of course), but what I get is frequent backaches or sometimes muscle pain in the arms.

    Maybe you could use the software, get a Bluetooth headset and watch TV or anything each time your eyes feel tired.


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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Brock
      Originally Posted by Marx Vergel Melencio View Post



      I recommend using this software:

      JAWS For Windows (JFW)

      It's a screenreading software. I use it all the time. I'm using it now to write this.

      My laptop's monitor is turned off each time I use it.

      I keep my laptop, with its lid closed, in my beltbag while I'm using it.

      I use a Bluetooth keyboard. I don't use a mouse since the software has great keyboard shortcut functions for mouse actions.

      I just connected a good portable speaker to my laptop. I also keep the portable speaker in my beltbag.

      Been totally blind for more than 6 years now, and the software's been really useful. Don't have eye problems though (well, other than total blindness of course), but what I get is frequent backaches or sometimes muscle pain in the arms.

      Maybe you could use the software, get a Bluetooth headset and watch TV or anything each time your eyes feel tired.


      Marx, that's really amazing. How did you build your website if you can't see the design itself?
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      • Originally Posted by Daniel Brock View Post

        Marx, that's really amazing. How did you build your website if you can't see the design itself?
        I just (1) visualize a design layout, (2) talk to my graphics designer colleague to bounce ideas until we finalize a design layout, (3) talk then code the site alongside a few of my programmer colleagues, (4) have my graphics designer colleague make necessary modifications to design layout, (5) consult my wife and a few of my visual communication specialist and advertising art director friends re: revisions to design layout to get the results I need, and (6) send design layout to my graphics designer colleague so she could finalize it.
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        • Profile picture of the author Loren Woirhaye
          I get it. Tweaking the monitor for reading is
          a good idea. Stock settings tend to be too
          bright for me.

          I also switch back and forth between sitting
          close and not wearing my glasses and leaning
          back and wearing them. I ordered my prescription
          with an amber tint. It looks weird when you see
          pictures of yourself, but the amber shift improves
          clarity and reduces glare.

          I do some exercises as well. Clock-movements of
          the eyes strengthen the muscles in all positions.
          I do near-far exercises too.
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        • Profile picture of the author Daniel Brock
          Originally Posted by Marx Vergel Melencio View Post

          I just (1) visualize a design layout, (2) talk to my graphics designer colleague to bounce ideas until we finalize a design layout, (3) talk then code the site alongside a few of my programmer colleagues, (4) have my graphics designer colleague make necessary modifications to design layout, (5) consult my wife and a few of my visual communication specialist and advertising art director friends re: revisions to design layout to get the results I need, and (6) send design layout to my graphics designer colleague so she could finalize it.
          I think this is totally awesome for some reason. Sorry for sounding rude here, but how do you know what a web design looks like in the first place? How can you visualize a design if you have never physically seen what they look like? The concept of a header graphic file for example...headers must be completely non-existent to you. Are you having your wife describe a web design for you?

          Sorry for the questions, but I have always wondered if it were possible for someone who is blind to be able to build a website - you have just proven that to me, which is why I am so intrigued.

          Thanks!
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          • Originally Posted by Daniel Brock View Post

            I think this is totally awesome for some reason. Sorry for sounding rude here, but how do you know what a web design looks like in the first place? How can you visualize a design if you have never physically seen what they look like? The concept of a header graphic file for example...headers must be completely non-existent to you. Are you having your wife describe a web design for you?

            Sorry for the questions, but I have always wondered if it were possible for someone who is blind to be able to build a website - you have just proven that to me, which is why I am so intrigued.

            Thanks!
            No worries.

            Wasn't born blind, went totally blind at 23 (6 years ago).

            That means I've seen all kinds of stuff from 1980 to 2003, so I can visualize stuff, website design layouts included.

            I think you're referring to those born totally blind.

            I remember this Oprah episode, totally blind teenager, born blind, was describing his dreams.

            He "felt" shapes and of course heard sounds, and the "shapes" he "felt" in his dreams represented things for him.

            For instance, his father "felt" like a sphere and sounded like his father in his dream.

            As for me: I don't dream with visuals anymore, but can do so consciously.

            Previously, my mind visualized things around me by default.

            Now, they're just sounds of things --- my mind doesn't visualize anymore by default.

            OP: sorry for hijacking your thread, but I do hope you find the software I use helpful. There are others, even free ones, but I find JFW most useful.
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            • Profile picture of the author sylviad
              You might need to add light to your work area. Looking at a monitor in dim light can cause eye strain. I have a small table lamp just to the right of my monitor with a 40 watt bulb. It is about even with the edge of my monitor so I can't see the bulb and it doesn't reflect into the monitor, but it casts a soft yellowish glow onto my work. When it gets dark and I don't have the light on, my eyes will start to hurt.

              Another thing... remember to blink!

              When we are looking at our monitors we tend not to blink as often as we normally do. This can cause dry eyes, blurred vision and probably eye strain. My eye doc just gave me some eye drops because although my eyes don't "feel" dry (not scratchy or anything), I do get a lot of blurring after awhile. The drops help.

              I make a point of taking a break about every hour or so, wandering over to my picture window, and gazing out over the neighborhood for 10 minutes. It provides great relief.

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  • Profile picture of the author yachi
    I m suffering from this....these days..!! Lot of Eye Strain..!!
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  • Profile picture of the author DotComBum
    When I have eye strain, I stopped working on my computer, I go to do somethings else and come back to my computer when my eyes feel more relax.

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  • Profile picture of the author mello
    Talk about eye-strain - I'm about to have cataract surgery due to a retinal detachment. Thank heavens for Ctrl+ so I can read forums! That and a magnifying glass helps me heaps (and makes me feel way old well before my time)

    Light positioning (over shoulder), monitor glare and regular breaks help enormously. I use a kitchen timer which goes off every 50 minutes so I remember to MOVE.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Brock
    Marx, thanks for explaining that for me. I think it's pretty cool that you are able to make money off of something so visual like websites while being blind.

    Your story would make for a good headline if you ever decide to make some make money online products, that's for sure.
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  • Profile picture of the author jaiganeshv
    work for 30 minutes and break it for 10 mins.

    IMers need not sit in front of PC all the day

    Automate stuff and just reply to emails.

    Thank you.

    P.S: I know the automation process takes years to achieve.
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  • Profile picture of the author mywebwork
    I find myself using the Ctrl + key combination a lot to magnify my screen size, many sites use a font that is just too small for my old eyes (I've worn glasses since I was 7, I'm 50 now). I also have a set of glasses exclusively for using the computer, which I stare at for 12-16 hours per day.

    Marx, I find your story to be very inspirational - thank you for sharing it.

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  • Profile picture of the author Emily Meeks
    Maybe a bit of a tangent, but do you wear contacts?

    I take my contacts over glasses any day, but when I'm going to be at the computer for awhile, I stick to glasses. Staring at the screen for too long dries out my eyes otherwise. Even if you don't wear any, keeping a bottle of Visine nearby may help.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rezbi
    Originally Posted by Kitty Kiki View Post

    Hi!

    I do..I want to get rid of this problem as it has been slowing down my pace in affiliate marketing last week. I took 4 days off from internet marketing and from my PC.

    Just want to share with you on a link that I found on computer eye strain, I hope it will be beneficial for you.

    Computer Eye Strain: How to Relieve It with free eye exercises, nutrition, lifestyle

    Kiki
    Do you wear glasses?

    I had eye strain and found, on visiting the optician, I needed glasses.

    My eyes always feel better when I use my glasses when at the computer.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Steinitz
    I use pinhole readers. They prevent one from staring at the computer. They seem to work best for short-sighted people -- those who see close up easily but not so well far away. I get tremendous relief from them and can work for hours without issue.

    The hype is that they actually improve one's vision. I tend to confirm that.

    I buy mine online from a company in Hawaii. They have some snappy-looking models.
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