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What can the young people who spend hours reading or looking at the computer do to relieve eye strai

Answer by Anuj Agarwal:

The Vision Council, an organization representing the optical industry, recently released a 16-page online document that explains the problems associated with eye strain and makes recommendations for how to combat it. Full document is available here https://www.thevisioncouncil.org/consumers//media/VCDigitalEyeStrainReport2012FINAL.pdf Here is the summary of the report. Adjust external factors:
  1. Reduce glare. Adjust the brightness of your screen by checking the control settings on your digital device. Glare reduction filters are also available and can easily attach to computer screens.

  2. Clean your screen. Frequently dust and wipe digital screens to help reduce glare.

  3. Dim your surrounding lighting. Lessen the amount of overhead and surrounding light that is competing with your device’s screen. Dim inside lights and try to avoid outside areas of intense brightness. This can help to reduce glare and strain.

  4. Keep your distance. Position your device so there is sufficient distance between your eyes and the screen. 1) For computers, try sitting in your chair and extending your arm. Your palm should be able to rest comfortably on the monitor (as if you’re high-fiving the screen).

  1. Adjust your screen. Digital screens should always be directly in front of your face and slightly below eye level. Do not tilt a computer monitor.

  2. Increase text size. Bump up text size to help better define the content on your screen.Remember internal factors:

  3. Blink more often. Starring at a digital screen can affect the amount of times you blink, causing eyes to dry. Remind yourself to blink more often, which will also help to refocus your eyes.

  4. Take a 20-20-20 break. Even short breaks can make a huge difference. Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away.

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My name is Shyamala pronounced as shaa-ma-la and I am a UX evangelist with 19 years of experience as a UX designer with hybrid skills of UI and UX. I have experience in UX and UI designing on both mobile and desktop applications and have been part of designing some award-winning mobile applications. 

I am a civil engineer by education and before moving into user experience I worked as an architect with a construction firm for 2 years. My passion for design and building great things for users pushed me into the UX domain. I am a self-made UX designer with no formal educational background into UX, but my passion helped me enter and succeed in user experience.