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Healthy Computer Vision | Long Island Eye Doctor

Joel Kestenbaum, OD

Healthy Computer Vision – Optix Family Eyecare Center

Every day the doctors at Optix Family Eyecare Center see patients who complain of blurred vision and burning or itchy eyes. When these patients come in for eye exams, we find that more often than not, these people are spending overwhelming amounts of time sittingOptix Computer Vision in front of the computer at work and at home.Β  They are developing computer vision syndrome (CVS).

The Optix team is here to let you know a little bit about how you can maintain healthy vision while still getting your work done in front of that screen.

We all are in the habit of brushing our teeth everyday and showering to maintain excellent hygiene. Yet practicing healthy computer vision hygiene is just as important, and its results can dramatically improve your comfort and productivity at work.

Now we are not saying get out the toothbrush and brush your eyes, but we are here to offer you a few simple steps to keep your vision healthy while using your computer.

Let’s use the “Optix Family Eyecare 20/20/20 Rule”

What’s with all the 20’s?

Well it goes a little something like this.

  • 20 minutes using the computer- in which you focus intently upon the screen.
  • 20 second break – take a 20 second break after you have focused on the screen for 20 minutes
  • 20 feet away – focus your eyes upon something roughly 20 feet away for this 20 second break.

The Optix Family Eyecare 20/20/20 rule is one way to maintain healthy eyesight.

What happens if you use the computer for long periods of time without a break?

  1. Headaches
  2. Neck and upper back aches
  3. Blurry vision during and after computer use
  4. Eye strain, possibly causing changes in vision
  5. Burning, itching and watery eyes
  6. Overall loss of short-term focus until eyes adjust.

So how can you resolve these issues besides using the 20/20/20 rule?

  1. Overall you want to minimize your eye, head and neck movements to prevent strain.
  2. Angle your computer monitor so it is at the same angle as the material being typed. Ideally, the screen should be at a 15 degree angle down from your eyes.Β  Attach a paper holding device to your screen if you spend a lot of time in front of the screen.
  3. Upgrade your monitor to an LCD screen. These screens usually have an anti-reflective surface. Older CRT screens have a noticeable flickering of images on the screen that may cause eyestrain.
  4. Use comfortable furniture to maintain a very comfortable position, one in which you are not constantly shifting around to see the computer screen.
  5. Glare screens not only filter UV radiation, they allow for a perfect focus situation where you are not bothered by the reflections around the work place.
  6. A tint on your eyeglass lenses may reduce glare and reflections.

With the right habits and a quality computer setup you can increase your work efficiency and maintain excellent eye health.
We hope that you use these tips to improve your vision and keep your eyes healthy!


  1. My eyes feel strained after i work on computer. Feel great after reading this article.

  2. Good read, thanks for adding our comment to the post.

  3. Great advice. Especially important information as more and more of the population is working in front of computer screens.

  4. Computer use can indeed be excessively straining on the eyes. I find that taking breaks inbetween computer tasks helps substanially. Nothing like walking outside for a breath of air after wrapping up my work.

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  5. shouldn’t we be glad to have this people around giving us BRIGHT advice to protect our eyes πŸ™‚

  6. very interesting material

  7. Very good post but difficult to understand cause I’m french speaker πŸ˜‰

  8. I love the diagram to relive the eye strain development. There is also some great information about symptoms of a computer eye strain.

    I admit that one main factor of taking action is to be aware of the symptoms of the eye strain.

    I found to be a useful resource for more symptoms related to computer eye strains.

    I wished to share it with the community.

    Thank you for this useful information.

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