Tips on minimizing or preventing CEI:
- An eye care professional may be
able to prescribe special “computer glasses.”
- Keep a glass of water near your
desk to help humidify the air.
- Sip bottled water while you
work…but pour it into a glass before drinking.
- Make a conscious effort to blink
more often (especially if you tend to stare at the screen for long
periods). Tape a reminder to the computer if necessary.
- Several times per hour, look
around the room at objects of varying distances from the computer.
- Take scheduled breaks away from
your desk (outdoors if possible, to help reduce stress).
- To reduce glare, position your
computer so windows are at the side of your computer rather than in front
- Adjust window blinds so that
sunlight is away from your screen and eyes.
- If possible, turn off overhead
lights that are too bright. Or switch to a lower wattage bulb or a desk
- Attach a glare-blocking hood or
filter to your monitor. The can be found at most computer and office
- Crack a window to let in humid air
from the outside. Outdoor air is free of re-circulated bacteria and shed
skin particles from co-workers, which enters via the heating/cooling
system and are dehydrating to eyes and skin.
- Set the REFRESH RATE on your
monitor as high as you can (over 85 is best). Use a flat-screen if
possible. A low refresh rate (60 or less), on a cathode ray monitor, can
cause eyestrain and headache. For Windows PC, right click on the opening
screen (no programs running), then go to “properties-settings-advanced-monitor.”
- Take long, luxuriant showers every
day that allow plenty of steam and moisture to penetrate your eyes, skin,
breathing passages and lungs.
- Every couple weeks, take a hot
body bath with a cup of Epsom salt dissolved in the bathtub water. This
will benefit all parts of your body, including the skin, the eyelids, the
skin around the eyes and the eyes.