Suffering from eyestrain is one of the most common disadvantages of being in front of the computer. And not surprisingly, writers are often the victims of computer-induced eyestrain. You just can’t spend countless hours staring at your computer screen without attracting adverse side effects. Unfortunately, that is what writing a book requires – spending endless hours in front of your computer screen while trying to make every possible effort to meet your writing objectives.
5 Eye Protection Tips
If you’re in it for the long haul as a writer, you need to take the proper measures to protect your eyes. Don’t just assume that you have to sacrifice your eyes in order to succeed as a writer. Visiting an eye doctor who specializes in computer vision problems (and can prescribe computer glasses, if needed), is one way to deal with this issue. You can invest in a pair of glasses or contact lenses that are built primarily to protect your eyes from the hazards of overexposure to the computer screen. However, these specialized glasses can be pretty costly when all of your funds are being utilized to meet your goal of writing a book. Fortunately there are other things you can do to help reduce eyestrain without having to drain your bank account. ChatEbooks has these suggestions.
Take Frequent Breaks
You don’t have to be glued to your chair for hours and hours in lengthy writing sessions in order to meet you writing objectives. Partition your writing time into moderately sized sessions with some breaks in between. This is the easiest way to keep your eyes safe when writing a book. Give them a rest every 45 minutes to an hour. Even the simple practice of closing your eyes for just 15 minutes between hour-long writing sessions can reduce the chances of eyestrain.
This sounds like a silly tip but it’s actually more important than you may think. There is something about staring at a screen that makes you forget to blink, so you actually need to make an effort to do so. Frequent blinking will help your eyes maintain focus while you work. Also, it’s a good idea to keep your monitor below eye level so that you’re looking at it with more of the eye surface covered by the lid. This will keep your eyes moist, reducing irritation in the process.
The light from the computer monitor can produce more glare and contribute to eyestrain. The key to protecting your eyes from the dangers your computer poses while writing a book is to adjust the glare of the screen.
First, do not position your computer directly behind or in front of a window. It should be the most brightly glowing object in the room, bright enough for you to see without having to strain your eyes. You should think about investing in an anti-glare filter for your computer monitor. This will help reduce exposure to direct light source.
On the other hand, don’t make your computer screen so dim that visibility becomes an issue. You have to find that perfect balance (not too bright and not too dim), but it may take some adjusting and re-adjusting before you find your screen-viewing sweet spot.
Posture is an important aspect of writing a book, not only for the health of your back but your eyes as well. Most writers have a tendency to sit too close to their monitors. When seated at your computer, make sure you’re sitting at least an arm’s length from the screen. Also, position your screen so you are staring down at it perpendicularly; in other words, your computer should be just below eye level.
Get a proper eye exam. If you wear glasses or contact lenses you need to update your prescription regularly and rule out any other physical problems. The standard practice is to get your eyes checked at least every two years. A comprehensive eye exam, including dilating your pupils, can determine your risk for major eye diseases. If you are proactive in getting a diagnosis of other possible issues, you can avoid risking further damage from viewing your computer screen.
A hectic writing schedule is no excuse for letting the health of your eyes go unmanaged when writing a book. For the most part, as long as you maintain the proper posture, take frequent breaks and get regular eye exams, you can reduce any long-term damaging effects of eye-strain.